ABC News reports that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has just accused Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) of “intentionally sabotaging” President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Sanders made the claim on Sunday during an appearance on ABC News’ This Week. But, before we get to that, let’s take a look at what Sanders is upset about.
Manchin, on Friday, made it clear that he is not interested in immediately voting on a proposal that would include measures to address so-called climate change. He cited June’s inflation report – which put inflation at a four-decade high – as at least part of the reason why.
Inflation is absolutely killing many, many people. They can’t buy gasoline. They have a hard time buying groceries. Everything they buy and consume for their daily lives is a hardship to them. Can’t we wait to make sure we do nothing to add to that?
Given the current 50-50 makeup of the Senate, this more or less, put an end to the effort – and it’s not the first time that Manchin has done this.
This is what set Sanders off. And, on Sunday co-host Martha Raddatz got Sanders going by saying that Manchin “abruptly pulled the plug” on this effort.
“Martha, let me disagree with you,” Sanders said. “He didn’t abruptly do anything.”
Sanders goes on the attack
From there, Sanders went on the offensive against Manchin.
“If you check the record, six months ago, I made it clear that you have people like Manchin, [Sen. Kyrsten] Sinema [D-AZ] to a lesser degree, who are intentionally sabotaging the president’s agenda, what the American people, what a majority of us in the Democratic caucus want,” Sanders said. “Nothing new about this.”
Sanders continued by arguing that the Democrats’ “problem” is that “we continue to talk to Manchin like he was serious” when “he was not.” “This is a guy who is a major recipient of fossil fuel money, a guy who has received campaign contributions from 25 Republican billionaires,” Sanders said.
After claiming to know what the people of West Virginia want better than Manchin, Sanders concluded, “in my humble opinion, you know, Manchin represents the very wealthiest people in this country, not working families in West Virginia or America.”
Manchin has not responded to Sanders’ attack.