Waters on Manchin, Sinema: ‘They don’t care about minorities’

California Rep. Maxine Waters (D) is going wild with accusations — and now, even fellow Democrats have ended up in her crosshairs.

Fox News reports that the congresswoman claimed Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) “don’t care about minorities” or Black Americans, and “they have been clear about it,” she said.

“The underlying disease”

Waters’ comments, uttered in a Sunday interview with MSNBC, come as President Joe Biden and progressive Democrats in Congress continue to push forward with sweeping election reform measures that have little GOP support.

Democrats say the legislation is necessary to combat voter integrity laws passed in Republican states in the wake of the 2020 presidential race. The only problem? They can’t pass the bills without the help of at least 10 Republicans in the Senate.

To subvert this, some in the Democratic Party are calling for the elimination of the Senate’s filibuster rule, which makes it so 60 senators must vote to move legislation forward in the upper chamber before it can be passed. But Manchin and Sinema aren’t having it.

“While I continue to support these [election reform] bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country,” Sinema said last week, according to The Washington Post.

“They don’t care”

The whole situation has Waters up in arms.

“[Manchin and Sinema] have sent the signal,” the California congresswoman said Sunday, according to Fox. “They have been clear about it. They don’t care about minorities. They don’t care about Blacks. They don’t care about people in their own districts who they’re going to deny their voting rights and undermine their voting rights.”

Waters said she wants to “be optimistic,” but conceded that “this is a very difficult time for Democrats.”

“We have two Democrats, Manchin and Sinema, and they are holding up the Democratic agenda. They have decided that they are going to stick with support of the filibuster, and they don’t care whether or not they undermine the rights of minorities and Blacks in this country,” she charged.

Notably, neither Manchin nor Sinema has come out against the voting reform bill; in fact, Sinema has been open in her support for it.

But from Waters, should we really expect anything less?

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