Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) proved on Sunday that progressives were right to fear splitting the Build Back Better plan from the infrastructure bill by literally bragging on Fox News that he intends to vote against it.
Progressives expected the infrastructure bill, which was passed into law last month, would be passed together with the human infrastructure bill known as Build Back Better. The Build Back Better plan includes funding for childcare, education, climate change, prescription drugs, and child tax credits. It’s also completely paid for via raising taxes on the wealthy. But Democrats split the two bills and Manchin along with Senator Kirsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) forced a vote on the infrastructure bill first with the expectation that they would vote to pass Build Back Better separately.
Of course, that was a total lie because Manchin went full turncoat against the Democratic Party and the majority of Americans who support the plan. He even announced his opposition on Fox News, making clear that he might as well switch his party affiliation and should no longer receive any kind of support from the Democratic Party.
In response to his announcement, Americans trashed Manchin on Twitter.
On Christmas week, Joe Manchin went on FOX to tell America he is shutting down the BBB.
He is a gigantic fucking piece of garbage. https://t.co/jdb6s3fAKs
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 19, 2021
Joe Manchin knew damn well he was never gonna support President Biden’s Build Back Better bill. He could have said that last spring and spared us all the months of unnecessary drama. https://t.co/TB9rlE98YT
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 19, 2021
This needs repeating: Senator Manchin accepted over $1,500,000 from GOP and corporate interests that want Build Back Better to DIE.
Retweet if Joe Manchin should be STRIPPED from his committees. 🤚
— Vanessa Williams (@NessaWilliams) December 19, 2021
West Virginia ranks:
50th in child care
50th in public health
45th in education
50th in infrastructure
48th in employment
And Joe Manchin can’t vote yes on the Build Back Better bill cause of inflation?
— Heather Gardner (@heathergtv) December 19, 2021
West Virginia is the second poorest state in the country, so it makes sense that their Senator wouldn’t support things that help working people. My God, Joe Manchin, who owns you? https://t.co/Ea5vLZjyn1
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 19, 2021
Joe Manchin says he “can’t” support the Build Back Better plan. Translation: they guy representing the second poorest state in the country while driving a Maserati SUV is not willing to help his constituents.
— George Hahn (@georgehahn) December 19, 2021
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but Joe Manchin sold out the people of West Virginia to Mitch McConnell, corporations, and the wealthy.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 19, 2021
Fake Democrat Joe Manchin going on Fox News six days before Christmas to declare he is not supporting BBB is the ultimate F U to the entire Democratic party and their voters.
And if you see it differently, you’re not living on the same planet.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) December 19, 2021
Imagine finding yourself on this Earth with as much leverage as Joe Manchin has and using it stop a society from helping its most vulnerable members. What did you even come here for, Joe?
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 20, 2021
Joe Manchin should no longer be welcome in the Democratic Party. He should be stripped of his committee assignments and primaried in the next election. This man is bought and paid for by the GOP and special interest groups. Meanwhile, his constituents are living in poverty. He should be ashamed, and the entire nation should be demanding his resignation.
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