Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly took Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer to task after the New York Democrat attacked and ripped Republicans in a speech on the chamber floor after 11 GOP senators agreed to help their political opponents raise the debt limit for two months.
According to a report, Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, met up with Schumer on the floor of the Senate after his speech and claimed his remarks goading Republicans were “f**king stupid.”
“Manchin’s blunt assessment of Schumer’s remarks comes after the West Virginia senator was visibly upset in the Senate chamber, burying his head in his hands during Schumer’s speech. The particularly stark image underscored the battle that Manchin has waged for weeks attempting to restrain Democrats’ high-spending appetite,” the Daily Wire reported.
“Punchbowl News reported on Manchin’s alleged remarks to the Senate majority leader. Schumer claimed victory in a minor battle over a debt ceiling increase to stave off a government shutdown, buying some time for Democrats to attempt to resolve their infighting over a multi-trillion-dollar spending package,” the outlet continued.
“Schumer’s comments angered Republicans who supported the debt ceiling increase as well as Manchin,” the report added.
Punchbowl News notes:
There was some last-minute drama, as well. Schumer went to the floor and harshly criticized Republicans for provoking the crisis. Schumer won this round of his never-ending battle with McConnell, and he made sure everyone knew it. But Republicans — and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — didn’t like the tone of Schumer’s remarks. Senate Minority Whip John Thune complained personally to Schumer on the floor, while Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) complained to reporters.
Manchin told Schumer the speech was “f***ing stupid,” according to four sources. Then Manchin complained to reporters too. The incident doesn’t really signify anything, except to show how tense everyone is in the Senate these days. And it’s only going to get worse.
Manchin was also seen in a video clip posted to social media growing visibly upset as he sat behind Schumer during the majority leader’s speech.
“Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans insisted they wanted a solution to the debt ceiling, but said Democrats must raise it alone by going through a drawn-out convoluted and risky reconciliation process,” Schumer said as Manchin looked on from behind shaking his head and putting his hands on his face in what appeared to be frustration.
“That was simply unacceptable to my caucus.”
He went on to say that Republicans need to “stay out of the way and let Democrats address that debt limit ourselves,” which is what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was attempting to allow them to do by forcing them to use the reconciliation process to raise the debt limit before the minority leader agreed to a compromise that angered many members of his caucus.
Afterward, Manchin told reporters: “I didn’t think it was appropriate at this time.”
“We had talked about that,” Manchin added. “But he felt charged up and he and I have good conversations.”