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‘Are you enjoying your power a little too much?’ Chris Wallace Demands of Joe Manchin Over His refusal To support $15 minimum Wage

‘Are you enjoying your power a little too much?’ Chris Wallace Demands of Joe Manchin Over His refusal To support $15 minimum Wage
  • Fox News host Chris Wallace asked centrist Democrat Senator Joe Manchin if he is ‘enjoying your position of power maybe a little too much.’ 
  • ‘I sure hope not,’ he said. ‘That would be horrible. That’s not – no. I want to make sure people understand. I am in that common-sense middle. That’s who I am.’ 
  • Manchin appeared for an interview on four separate shows Sunday morning after holding up the vote on the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package Friday to Saturday. 
  • ‘I’m not willing to take away the involvement of the minority,’ Manchin to NBC.
  • The most centrist Democrat in the Senate voted with his colleagues to pass the massive bill but pushed for more bipartisanship in the upper chamber.
  • He could get Democrats to reduce boosted weekly unemployment benefits from $400 to $300 – to the ire of progressives in the House.
  • The ‘vote-a-thon’  began before midnight Friday and passed midday Saturday.
  • The legislation will now be shipped back to the House for its expected approval. 
  • Immediately after the vote, House scheduled to vote on the final bill for Tuesday. 

In what is now sadly becoming all too common, Chris Wallace is going on the attack against conservatives and Democrats who dare not support the liberal ideology, his latest victim, Joe Manchin.

Fox news, which used to show unbais, now has gone to the dark end, is now pushing for the left, attacking people who will not cave into their demands.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Joe Manchin if he is ‘enjoying your position of power maybe a little too much as the centrist Democrat has made himself the center of media spotlight by pushing for bipartisanship in the Senate on the COVID-19 relief package.

‘Do you like being the most powerful Congress member, the swing vote in a 50/50 senate? Do you like that, sir?’ the ‘Fox News, Sunday’ host asked the West Virginia Democratic senator.

‘No, I do not and I did not lobby for this, did not seek it out,’ Manchin insisted.

Wallace pushed by pointing out that Manchin has killed several Democratic initiatives in the package and said: ‘You are on four Sunday shows today.’

This would be the demand that the Senate kill the filibuster, thus giving way to a simple majority to pass bills, pack the court, and change the government in ways we have never seen.

He then asked the senator: ‘Are you enjoying your position of power maybe a little too much?’

‘I sure hope not,’ Manchin insisted. ‘Oh, my goodness. That would be horrible. That’s not – no. I want to make sure people understand. I am in that common-sense middle. That’s who I am.’

In the two Georgia Senate runoff elections in January, Democrats secured a very slim majority in the upper chamber with a 50/50 split and Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote.

Manchin, as the most centrist Democrat in the Senate, quickly emerged as the most powerful lawmakers, essentially holding veto power over legislation and cabinet confirmations with which he does not agree.

Other than Fox News, Manchin also appeared on CNN, NBC and ABC morning shows on Sunday. 

The appearances came after Manchin held up the Senate all night Friday to Saturday in a marathon voting session on the latest COVID relief legislation.

On NBC News’ ‘Meet the Press,’ Manchin told host Chuck Todd that he will refuse to cut Republicans out of negotiations as they presented amendments to the sweeping package.

‘I’m not willing to take away the involvement of the minority,’ Manchin said during his NBC interview.

‘We can fix everything if we just talk to each other and negotiate,’ the centrist Democrat continued. ‘That’s what it’s about. And that’s what we did. It took a little longer than necessary, but we got it done.’

The Senate held a marathon all-nighter Friday to Saturday negotiating certain relief points in the package – including reducing the amount of boosted weekly unemployment benefits.

Manchin said there was never a ‘hill to die on’ for him with negotiations, but instead said he just wants some sort of bipartisanship in the federal legislature.

Democrats hold a majority in the House and now a very slim majority in the Senate – meaning they can virtually pass any legislation they want. But centrist Senator Manchin of West Virginia is making that a bit harder by ensuring Republicans have a say in the process.

This is a problem for Wallace and the left he represents; it is unforgivable for the moderate Democrat to ask that the GOP be given any say in the government. They should just shut up and do as they are told.

FOX News is hanging on to people like Tucker and Hannity, yet their ratings are tanking due to the leftist, anti-trump turn the organization has taken. At this point I will watch Tucker, Hannity as well, anyone else, I for the most part turn the channel and watch something that is not a political hack, if I wanted that I would turn to CNN or MSNBC.

About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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