Claire McCaskill Slams ‘Weak’ Joe Manchin on Voting Rights Outreach to GOP: ‘He Couldn’t Get One Vote for His Bill!’


On Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked a motion to begin debate on the Freedom to Vote Act. The bill was in part the handiwork of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and would end partisan gerrymandering, expand opportunities to vote, and modernize voter registration, among other provisions.

Manchin opposes the more robust For the People Act, and the bill shot down on Wednesday was partly an attempt by him to notch Republican votes. Obviously, that did work out.

His former Senate colleague and current MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill took Manchin to task on Wednesday’s Deadline: White House.

Asked by host Nicolle Wallace why some Democrats such as Manchin “tolerate being dominated” by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his merry band of filibusterers.

McCaskill didn’t seem to have an answer, though she did take the time to call out Manchin.

“Joe Manchin was for this bill,” she said. “Joe Manchin negotiated this bill. And Joe Manchin has been given the ever-lovin’ arms of the Republican Party around him. ‘Oh, Joe’s our guy. Joe’s standing up for what’s right.’ He couldn’t get one vote for his bill! It makes Joe Manchin look so weak that he can’t manage one Republican vote.”

She added, “And by the way, it’s not just Joe Manchin and Sinema. There are other senators, I know for a fact there are other Democratic senators that are patting Joe Manchin on the back and saying, ‘I’m glad you’re doing this.’ Reporters should ask every single Democratic senator to get on the record as to whether or not they would vote to carve out the voting rights legislation from any filibuster attempt. That should happen right now and every voter in their state should know about it.”

Watch above via MSNBC.

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