A leading GOP senator is pushing moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin to switch parties, saying he doesn’t need to be associated with a party that champions “inflation” and “lawlessness.”
“There’s still plenty of time he can still switch parties if he wants to, I encourage him to do so,” Sen. Mike Lee of Utah told Fox News host Trey Gowdy.
“There’s no reason why he belongs with the party of inflation, why he belongs with the party of lawlessness, why he ought to remain with the party that’s harassing intimidating and belittling him at every turn, just so they can fundamentally remake the American economy and American society,” Lee added.
“Joe Manchin absolutely should leave the Democratic Party and I look forward to embracing him when he joins our caucus,” Lee continued. “What they see here is that they belittle him and intimidate him enough that somehow he relent. That’s of course, not going to happen.
“Joe Manchin’s got a backbone and he’s got principles, and he’s also got constituents, you know, he represents the good people of West Virginia, including a whole lot of poor and middle-class Americans who are finding that everything they buy from gas to groceries from housing to healthcare, is getting more expensive, unaffordably so, and they’re understanding increasingly that this is happening as a result of federal government,” the Utah Republican said.
“It’s just printing money to the tune of trillions of dollars it doesn’t have, that hurts America’s poor middle class,” Lee added.
During the segment, Gowdy played a video clip of Manchin pushing back on reports last week that he has thought about switching parties.
“No, you know, I’ll be very honest with you. Anything that was ever said where we’ve ever talked about if I’m an embarrassment to my Democrat colleagues, my caucus, the president being the leader of the Democrat Party, Chuck Schumer and all them, and I said me being a moderate centrist Democrat, if that causes you a problem let me know and I’d switch to be an Independent but I’d still be caucusing with Democrats,” he explained.
“That doesn’t, it’s not connotation where would we cause them a problem, that’s the only thing that was ever discussed. No one accepted that and I just said, I’ll make that offer if you need it,” Manchin continued.
“Democrats have no margin for error in the Senate, which is why this strategy of insulting and intimidating Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema is such a strange one,” Gowdy observed.