Democratic Senator Joe Manchin spoke out on Wednesday about his differences with the fringe movements inside the Democratic Party, speaking out against the “defund the police” movement.
“Defund the police? Defund, my butt,” declared the West Virginia senator in a tweet on Wednesday evening. “I’m a proud West Virginia Democrat. We are the party of working men and women. We want to protect Americans’ jobs & healthcare. We do not have some crazy socialist agenda, and we do not believe in defunding the police.”
Manchin, who is regarded as one of the most right-leaning Democratic senators as reported by GovTrack, has sought to distance himself between the fringe-left wing of the Democratic party and himself, pledging on Fox News to not vote in favor of removing the filibuster or packing the Supreme Court with justices.
Manchin, speaking to Fox News host Bret Baier, said, “I commit to you tonight and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching, 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.”
“I will not vote to pack the courts. I think — and I will not vote to end the filibuster. Bret, this system, the Senate, this so unique body in the world, it was made to work together 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 [deliberate] body,” he stated.
Some swing-district Democrats have expressed frustration and annoyance with the distasteful messaging coming from the far-left within the party, with Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger specifically calling out the cries for socialism and “defunding the police” talk.
Despite two Georgia special elections approaching with the future of the Senate majority undetermined, the Democrats have struggled to demonstrate a united front against the policies and issues to the public, which has appeared to have worked against them in the November election.