While Democrats like Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders are doing everything they can to rally forces in an attempt to convince Donald Trump to resign or be impeached, there are other Democrats who aren’t on board.
Senator Joe Manchin claims that the left should not be forcing impeachment as the center of their national message while barreling head first into the midterm elections of 2018.
The Senator, who is up for re-election in 2018 stated, “I guess people think in Washington that I’m going to vote differently, or I’ll be different, or I’ll have to cowtail, if you will, to what they think might be popular.”
He continued, “I don’t think impeachment is something we should be talking about. If facts come out, if these investigations go down that line and if the rule of law is exercised and we see that there’s reason to go in that direction, the House will make that decision.”
“So, I’m not going to waste my time or energy on that. I think it’s futile at this point in time,” he added during his interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” if some Democrats’ message of impeaching Trump was good or bad for his chances of winning in a state like West Virginia, Manchin said he didn’t think impeachment was something the national party should be talking about at this time.
“Do you think that it is good or bad for your chances at re-election in 2018 if impeachment is one of the national messages of the Democratic Party?” Todd asked.
Manchin said he was bothered by the notion he would feel differently about issues because he was up for re-election. Trump carried West Virginia overwhelmingly in his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton.
Earlier this month, 58 House Democrats voted in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings against Trump. The resolution was brought forth by Rep. Al Green (D., Texas), who said after the vote, “This is the first vote, but it will not be the last.”
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) December 17, 2017
According to CNN, Manchin also believes that Senator Al Franken should rethink resigning in January over sexual allegations.
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