President Joe Biden’s massive spending plan has led to infighting between moderates and progressives within his own party. In fact, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have encountered escalating harassment by progressive activists.
When Biden was asked about the intrusive “tactics” being used to harass lawmakers opposed to his $3.5 trillion spending proposal, however, he effectively dismissed the entire impasse as merely “part of the process.”
“I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics”
His remarks came on Monday following a statement regarding efforts to raise the federal debt ceiling.
Biden uncharacteristically took questions from reporters, including Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy, who asked if he believed any activists were “crossing the line” in the tactics being used against Manchin and Sinema.
“I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody from the — the only people it doesn’t happen to are people who have Secret Service standing around them.”
With a chuckle and a smile, he continued: “So, it’s — it’s part of the process.”
Activists target Manchin, Sinema
According to the Daily Caller, progressive activists in kayaks positioned themselves alongside Manchin’s boat on the Potomac River and shouted their demands during a recent outing by the West Virginia Democrat.
He remained polite, however, and encouraged them to make an appointment to meet with him at his office.
As for the backlash against Sinema, National Review reported that she attempted to deliver a guest lecture at Arizona State University but was disrupted by progressive activists demanding amnesty for undocumented immigrants, among other things.
In an effort to escape the activists, she retreated to a restroom stall, though the protesters followed her inside and filmed themselves berating her in a place generally considered private.
Of course, politicians have always faced harassment by activists, but the latest incidents involving Manchin and Sinema are notable because they took place outside of the halls of Congress. Such harassment outside of a senator’s residence or inside of a restroom should be off-limits, though, and Biden should be forcefully disavowing such tactics instead of essentially laughing off concerns about the safety and privacy of senators in his own party.