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is receiving backlash on over an op-ed piece he published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail where he explained why he would not be voting for the For the People Act—a point of view that has sparked backlash as well as a trending topic of "He's a Republican."
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Hasan tore into Manchin for allegedly "aiding and abetting" Republicans.In an op-ed published Sunday in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Manchin revealed that he will continue to oppose abolishing the filibuster and vote against the major Democratic voting rights bill. "The truth, I would argue, is that voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen," he wrote.
In the Sunday op-ed, the moderate Democrat from West Virginia said he was against the legislation because it had not garnered any Republican support. He felt a resolution for changes in voting rights should be reached with agreement from both parties.
"The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics. Least of all, protecting this right, which is a value I share, should never be done in a partisan manner," Manchin wrote.
However, Manchin's defense of trying to seek a bipartisan solution was slammed on Twitter by some progressive. Democratic Congressman Mondaire Jones of New York tweeted that Manchin's op-ed "might as well be titled, 'Why I'll vote to preserve Jim Crow.'"
The left hates Joe Manchin. His fellow Senate Dems are staying quiet.
Yet angst is quietly rising inside the Democratic caucus over his approach. “Of course I’m frustrated. Who isn’t frustrated?” one Democratic senator said.After all, the 50-vote Senate majority needs Manchin's vote to do just about anything. So not even its most progressive members seem to want to poke the bear.
Manchin’s op-ed might as well be titled, “Why I’ll vote to preserve Jim Crow.” https://t.co/pS1xEvkwEz— Mondaire Jones (@MondaireJones) June 6, 2021
Jones was joined by others criticizing Manchin's moderate approach, including New York Congressman, who cited an article from the Data For Progress blog in which 56 percent of self-identified supported the For the People Act.
The For The People Act is broadly popular — across party lines. 2/3 of all voters, including 55% of Republicans, support it.
When Sen. Manchin says there’s not bipartisan support, he’s saying that corporations are opposed — not the American people. https://t.co/L4KMcwwXPE— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) June 6, 2021
Walter Shaub, senior ethics fellow at the Project On Government Oversight, said: "Voting rights aren't partisan. Voter suppression is."
Voting rights aren’t partisan. Voter suppression is.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Joe Manchin of Supporting Republican 'Voter Suppression'
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In addition to voting against the For the People Act as a result of a lack of bipartisanship, Manchin explained in his op-ed that he opposes Democrats' attempts to eliminate the filibuster that was blocking the bill.
"They've attempted to demonize the filibuster and conveniently ignore how it has been critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past," he wrote.
The filibusters enacted by the Republicans in thecannot currently be overcome by the Democrats because both parties lack a supermajority of 60 votes, which can block a filibuster. Democrats have now been seeking to reinterpret Senate rules to pass with a simple majority, CNN reported.
Harry Litman, a former U.S. Attorney, tweeted his criticism of Manchin's refusal to support Democratic efforts to remove the filibuster, which has been utilized repeatedly by the Republicans to block President's agenda.
Whatever the reason, it’s a terrible blow to democracy. Opposition to the bill is one thing (horrendous all things considered but that’s his vote), but the dogmatic refusal on the filibuster, which disables the party? That’s where @joelockhart ‘s explanation seems hard to refute. https://t.co/zdvRXDW5Xj
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Manchin's efforts to work with Republicans rather than supporting fellow Democrats have led to the trending topic "He's a Republican" on Twitter. The trend was criticized by journalist David Dennis Jr., saying Manchin's decision did not prove the senator is a Republican, but rather "white supremacy" could be found in both parties.
"'He's a Republican' is trending because it makes people feel better to equate white supremacy to republicanism as opposed to the actual truth that white supremacy is bipartisan," Dennis said.
“He’s a Republican” is trending because Joe Manchin won’t vote to secure voting rights. “He’s a Republican” is trending because it makes people feel better to equate white supremacy to republicanism as opposed to the actual truth that white supremacy is bipartisan.— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) June 6, 2021
In his op-ed, Manchin explained that while he is not supporting the For the People Act, he does back the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would update the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is a narrower election bill that has the support of Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
"I continue to engage with my Republican and Democratic colleagues about the value of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and I am encouraged by the desire from both sides to transcend partisan politics and strengthen our democracy by protecting voting rights," Manchin wrote.
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Democratic senators say that only the president can convince the influential centrist to sign off on key parts of the party's agenda.Four months after Biden helped secure Manchin’s vote for a party-line, $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law, the president is taking a different approach with the West Virginia Democrat who's blocking multiple party priorities. Biden didn't sound pleased last week when, during a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, he appeared to take a public swipe at Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) by citing two Democrats who frequently sided with Republicans.
"Of course, some in my party have argued that now is the time to discard such bipartisan voting reforms and embrace election reforms and policies solely supported by one party. Respectfully, I do not agree."
Manchin remains the only Democrat who is not listed as a co-sponsor on the For the People Act.
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