Democratic Senator Joe Manchin says Trump ‘called him all the time’ and was ready ‘to stay and fight’ during the Capitol uprising
- Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said former President Donald Trump “ called me all the time ” and said he was “ ready to stay and fight ” during the Capitol uprising
- In an interview with USA Today, Manchin spoke about his friendly relationship with Trump, while also blaming him for January 6.
- “I didn’t know there was that kind of fever and pent-up hatred in people he let them unleash,” said the West Virginia moderate.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said former President Donald Trump “called me all the time” saying he was “ready to stay and fight” during the Capitol uprising.
In a new interview with USA Today, the West Virginian who has become the central voice of the Senate, spoke of his friendly relationship with Trump, while still holding the ex-president responsible for the events of January 6.
“I didn’t know there was that kind of fever and pent-up hatred in people that he let them unleash,” Manchin said.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said in an interview with USA Today that former President Donald Trump, a Republican, was calling him all the time. He also said he wanted to ‘stay and fight’ during the January 6 MAGA riot
Manchin said he ‘got on well with Donald Trump (pictured). We had a good relationship. he called me all the time. We talked back and forth ‘
Manchin said he had gotten used to Trump’s rhetoric and didn’t realize the danger it posed until the uprising in the Capitol (pictured) on Jan. 6.
Manchin suggested that he had become accustomed to Trump’s rhetoric and did not realize the danger until the uprising at the Capitol.
“I’ve heard Trump rhetoric forever,” he said.
‘I got on well with Donald Trump. We had a good relationship. He called me all the time. We talked back and forth, ”he continued.
Manchin added that Trump “loved conflict and he loved the turmoil.”
And that’s fine if you’re doing business. But it doesn’t work for public service, ”the Democrat continued. ‘The whole principle of public service is to bring people together to come to a consensus. And Donald Trump was not made that way. ‘
It all came to a head when thousands of Trump supporters broke into the Capitol on January 6.
Manchin, who is six feet tall, told USA Today he wanted to include the rioters.
“I meant to stay and fight,” Let them in. Let’s get started. ” But I didn’t know what was going on, “said the 73-year-old senator.” Many people were singing. I didn’t think about that. But in 10 or 15 minutes, a SWAT team comes in with all their stuff and says, “You’re out of here. Now go. Don’t even stop.”
Senators and members of the House were meeting in their respective chambers when the electoral college’s vote count was discontinued because Republicans had objected to the vote count in Arizona and later Pennsylvania.
Lawmakers were brought to safety by Capitol Police and other law enforcement officials when the MAGA mob stormed the Capitol.
Manchin said he learned from that day on, “Politically, especially anything. How vulnerable we are. How close we were to losing our land. ‘
But he also said that the MAGA riot made him want to keep the filibuster in place – meaning that most bills in the Senate would require a 60-vote threshold, and thus a two-pronged compromise.
‘It gave me more determination [to fight for the filibuster,]he told the newspaper. “If you want to lose it completely and you want to be a government like we were not formed to try to be a more perfect union – not perfect, but more perfect – then this is not the way to do it.”
Both sides have hollowed out the filibuster in recent years – first scrapped for a number of court appointments and then applied to the Supreme Court as well.
However, it remains available to hold back most legislation in the Senate, with some Democrats pushing to get rid of it so they can pass bills with their current majority of 51 votes.