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Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., criticized the White House “staff” for leaking “absolutely unforgivable” things about him after rejecting President From biden Build Back Better Act during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
Manchin said during an interview Monday with MetroNews Talkline that the White House “retaliated” against him after he told “Fox News Sunday” that he could not support Biden’s signing of COVID-19 relief legislation.
“Basically, they retaliated,” said the West Virginia Democrat. “I thought they would come back strong.”
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Manchin defended his decision to oppose the Better Reconstruction Act, explaining that he had “gone and talked” to Biden, who “knew we couldn’t get there.”
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The senator also blamed the White House “staff” for recent news reports about him, saying they were being “pushed” by the president’s employees and that he understands it is not Biden’s doing.
“This is the staff. And they drove some things and they pulled some things that were absolutely unforgivable,” Manchin said. “And they know what it is. And that’s it.”
Manchin did not specify what White House staff posted about him. The senator went on to say that his fellow Democrats would not pressure him to support the bill.
“They thought, surely by God we can move a person. We can harass and hit a person,” Manchin said. “We surely have enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough.”
“Well guess what? I’m from West Virginia,” he added. “I’m not where they’re from. And they just beat up people and think they’ll be submissive, period.”
Manchin’s announcement on Sunday was not well received by liberals in the media and Democratic lawmakers, with several pointing to Manchin for his decision to close the door on Build Back Better.
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In an interview Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., called Manchin’s move “an egregious violation of the president’s trust” and said Democrats have “every right to be furious with Joe Manchin. “.
“This idea that we’re going to readjust to Joe Manchin’s taste, the bill has already been re-equipped to Joe Manchin’s taste,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Let’s make that very clear. Climate ambitions have been lowered thanks to Joe Manchin.”
Fox News’ Bill Melguin contributed reporting.