The bad news dropped like a political nuclear bomb.
Everyone on the left got hit with a massive surprise.
And one Democrat went on Fox News and delivered a message Joe Biden was afraid to hear.
West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with host Bret Baier and drove a stake through the heart of the Biden presidency.
Manchin announced he could not support Joe Biden’s nearly $5 trillion socialist spending package that expanded welfare programs and enacted Green New Deal regulations and taxes.
“If I can’t go home and explain to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it,” Manchin told Baier. “And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there. This is a no on this piece of legislation. I have tried everything I know to do.”
Democrats raged about Manchin’s announcement on social media.
“Let’s be clear: Manchin’s excuse is bullsh*t. The people of West Virginia would directly benefit from childcare, pre-Medicare expansion, and long term care, just like Minnesotans. This is exactly what we warned would happen if we separated Build Back Better from infrastructure,” Ilhan Omar wrote.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also huffed and puffed about Manchin killing the centerpiece of the project to turn America into a socialist nation.
“When a handful of us in the House warned this would happen if Dem leaders gave Manchin everything he wanted 1st by moving BIF before BBB instead of passing together, many ridiculed our position. Maybe they’ll believe us next time. Or maybe people will just keep calling us naïve,” Ocasio-Cortez posted on social media.
In many ways, Manchin’s announcement that he opposed the bill should not come as any surprise.
Back in July Manchin sent a letter to Chuck Schumer telling Schumer he would support a $1.5 trillion socialist spending bill with fewer new entitlement programs that did not attack the American energy industry.
But Democrats ignored Manchin’s stated red lines.
Schumer, Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plowed ahead with a $5 trillion package believing that at the end of the day Manchin was just putting on a show for the benefit of his home state voters in deep red West Virginia.
Now Democrats are left scrambling.
Some believe Manchin will eventually come around and support a smaller bill more to his liking.
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki released a statement strafing Manchin blasting him as a liar.
That’s not the move of an administration that thinks this is all kabuki theater and Manchin can eventually be won over.
You don’t publicly insult your negotiating partner.
Democrats clearly concluded that Manchin would never support a bill that could also win the backing of socialists and instead are trying to scapegoat Manchin in an effort to appease their base.
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