Addressing the elephant in the room

Senator Joe Manchin says he is open to supporting Trump in 2020, this time he may get more than a nasty look from Chuckie

Joe Manchin

Senator Joe Manchin says he is open to supporting President Trump in 2020. If you remember Manchin is the Democrat Senator that tried to stand and got stared down by Chuck Schumer and sat back down.

“I’m open to supporting the person who I think is best for my country and my state,” Manchin told Politico insisting that he would support any candidate from either party. “If his policies are best, I’ll be right there.”

“I’m with him sometimes more than other Republican senators are with him,” he added. “Washington Democrats are making it more difficult for me to be a West Virginia Democrat.”

 

Manchin faces a tough race in November against his GOP opponent, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Unlike other vulnerable Democrats, Manchin has shown public willingness to side with Trump at times.

Trump mocked Manchin behind closed doors in a meeting with Senate Republicans for excessively trying to hug him.

“We just kind of do the man-bump type thing. That’s it. And I think he’s pulling me as much as I’m pulling him,” Manchin said of his relationship with Trump.

Joe Manchin did eventually relent and stand a couple of times for the State of the Union and took unbelievable heat from his Democrat colleagues. He explained that is the way people from West Virginia act.

“That’s the way I was raised in West Virginia. We have respect. There is civility still yet,” he explained. “There should be civility in this place. That’s disrespectful. Last night was disrespectful.”

This is the way Democrats used to act when Republicans were in power. They may not agree with each other but they are respectful. It will be very interesting to see if Manchin will follow through and actually support Trump in 2020 or if this is a campaign ploy as he is facing a tough contest for re-election.

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