“Defund, my butt”: Democrat senator pledges to vote against far-left agenda

by Peter Heck · Nov 12th, 2020 12:25 pm

Last Updated Nov 13th, 2020 at 1:03 am

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, widely considered the most right-leaning Democrat in all of Congress shared his thoughts on the far left's push to defund police departments in a tweet that declared, "Defund the police? Defund, my butt."

Earlier this week Manchin also appeared to deal a crippling blow to some of the most aggressive left-wing policy objectives in an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier.

While Republicans currently hold 50 seats in the Senate, Democrats are hoping to pick off the remaining two seats in Georgia during a special election runoff in January. If they do, the tie-breaking vote would presumably belong to Democrat Vice President Kamala Harris, giving the Democrats the margin they need to push through far-left ideas like ending the filibuster and packing the Supreme Court.

But when Baier asked Manchin if he would vote for those initiatives, the West Virginia Senator said clearly he would not.

"I commit to you tonight and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that's watching," Manchin said, "I want to lay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now, because when they talk about, whether it be packing the courts or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that."

Calling the Senate a "unique body," Manchin said it was designed to have to function in a "bipartisan way."

"And once you start breaking down those barriers, then you lose every reason that we are the institution that we are, the most [deliberative] body," Manchin explained.

Manchin isn't the only Democrat in D.C. to object to the far-left rhetoric emerging from the more progressive corners of the party's caucus. Immediately following the election, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) also blasted the "socialism" and "defund the police" rhetoric as extraordinarily harmful to the party's general appeal to voters.


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