Sen. Joe Manchin says his brand is being very independent. Which is code for being a Republican.
December 15, 2016

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was asked by the hosts of Fox and Friends if he was going to change parties and become a Republican and he said being a Democrat has been his identity, but "my brand is being very independent."

He then tried to explain to Brian Kilmeade why begin a republican or a democrat shouldn't interfere with being a good American.

He said, "I don't know why people get all bent up like that?"

Oh, I don't know why. Maybe because Republicans want to destroy government and our safety net programs.

After a lengthy soliloquy about making sure Donald Trump is successful at being president, Sen. Manchin said he was hoping to turn eight to ten Democrats over to his side and support reasonable Trump policies.

Brian Kilmeade asked, "Senator, are you going to stay a Democrat?"

He replied, "I've said this absolutely. Here's the thing, that's my identity. My brand is being very independent."

He continued, "I'm a West Virginian Democrat. I don't agree with a lot of my Washington Democrat policies..."

We know, we know.

He's the second worst crucial voting Democrat behind Heidi Heitkamp on progressive Punch's scorecard.

However, they both stood up against the continuing resolution.

You'd think he'd be upset after what happened since the Republicans gutted coal miners healthcare and pensions which Sen. Manchin fought against.

Doesn't that tell him anything?

Despite a year of campaign promises to fight for the “working man” and vows by Donald Trump to keep coal miners employed, the president-elect has yet to chime in on the battle raging in the Senate.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) hasn’t mentioned Trump by name, but scolded his colleagues Thursday for touting promises in election ads that they are for the middle and working class but then backing down when miners stand to lose health benefits by Dec. 31.

“‘We’re going to make sure that working men and women really get a fair shake; they’ve been screwed and left behind’ ― all of our advertising and campaigns say that,” Manchin said on the Senate floor before heading outside to join members of the United Mine Workers of America. “All I’m saying is now fulfill it. It’s either put up or shut up. You’ve asked them to vote for you because of this reason.”

And still his love for Trump and Fox and Friends cannot be denied.

It's very creepy.

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