Kamala Harris receives backlash for West Virginia TV interview pushing COVID relief

Vice President Kamala Harris is already taking fire from both sides of the aisle after a sneaky move she made on behalf of President Joe Biden’s White House.

As the Daily Caller reported, Harris recently interviewed with West Virginia television news station WSAZ in which she pushed Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package called the “American Rescue Plan.” The problem is that the White House didn’t inform Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) of her interview, seemingly undermining him in his own state. 

“The View” hosts agree

Even The View co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar agreed that Harris’ interview in Manchin’s home state without giving him a heads up was not a wise decision.

While some of The View panelists argued that Harris, in her capacity, had no reason or need to inform a senator before doing a show, Behar reminded her colleagues that because of Manchin’s moderate status in the party, it’s important to tread carefully to solidify his support.

“Well, you know, Joe Manchin is a Democrat, but he swings to the right, and at this moment in time, the Democrats need Joe Manchin more than Joe Manchin needs the Democrats,” Behar said, adding that she doesn’t “think it’s a great idea alienating Joe Manchin, no matter how big his ego is.”

McCain agreed with Behar, suggesting that Harris stepping over Manchin is nothing short of “stupid politics” at a time when the Biden administration has promised “unity” in both the Democratic Party and in their attempts to work with Republicans on major issues.

Manchin’s role in the upcoming vote on the bill is crucial, as the Senate is currently tied in a 50-50 split. Even losing the support of a single Democratic senator could spell trouble for the Biden administration’s hopes of passing such a bill.

Manchin responds

The West Virginia Democrat was not happy about Harris jumping in line on the matter and his response clearly signaled his frustration.

“I saw [the interview], I couldn’t believe it. No one called me. We’re going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward, I think we need to,” Manchin told WSAZ. “We need to work together. That’s not a way of working together.”

It appears the White House has attempted to save face as the situation escalated. After Manchin expressed his frustration, the White House reached out to him, according to information revealed by White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a recent press briefing, Fox News reported.

“We’ve been in touch with Sen. Manchin as we have been for many weeks and will continue to be moving forward,” Psaki said. “Not only is he a key partner to the president and to the White House on this package, but on his agenda.”

When pressed, Psaki refused to reveal exactly who at the White House reached out to Manchin.

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