Bernie Sanders rages against Joe Manchin during CNN interview

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent shockwaves through Capitol Hill on Sunday after telling Fox News’ Bret Baier on live television that he’s a solid “no” vote for President Joe Biden’s legacy-level, $.175 trillion Build Back Better Act, effectively rendering the bill dead.

According to Fox News, Manchin’s Christmas bombshell for the Democratic Party elicited harsh responses from the liberal mainstream media and fellow party members. One of those reactions came from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who was clearly unhappy with Manchin’s decision and blasted the moderate senator during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“If Mr. Manchin doesn’t want to support us, look we’ve been dealing with Mr. Manchin month after month after month,” Sanders said on Sunday.

The crotchety Democratic socialist added: “But if he doesn’t have the courage to do the right thing for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote no in front of the whole world.”

Sanders is ticked

The Vermont senator’s displeasure with Manchin’s stance on BBB didn’t end there, as he went on to claim that his West Virginia colleague “does not have the guts to stand up to special interest groups to lower the cost of prescription drugs and is failing to expand home healthcare and Medicare.”

Sanders added that he believes those special interest groups are “pouring hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure we continue to pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs and the rich do not start paying their fair share of taxes.”

“For decades now, what Congress has been doing, giving tax breaks to the rich, not standing up to the drug companies, so we end up paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, ignoring climate change, the President of the United States and almost every Democrat is trying finally to address these issues,” Sanders continued, in his usual socialist-leaning talking points.

Why a “no?”

In his announcement, Manchin made clear that while he attempted to negotiate with fellow Dems on the bill, the $1.75 trillion price tag was simply much higher than he was willing to go on such a bill, adding that he couldn’t justify voting “yes” on the bill to his constituents back home.

“When you have these things coming at you the way they are right now — I’ve always said this, Bret. If I can’t go home to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it,” Manchin said, according to The Hill.

Manchin added that at this time, the attention should be on issues like the surge in COVID-19 cases around the country, and the continued rising inflation costs.

Some Dems, including Sanders, have suggested that the party continue to work on the bill, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to presume that they’ll do what they can to get Biden’s legislation down to a level that Manchin can swallow.

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