Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that his Thursday speech on the Senate floor was “f***ing stupid.”
Manchin’s blunt assessment of Schumer’s remarks comes after the West Virginia senator was visibly upset in the Senate chamber, burying his head in his hands during Schumer’s speech. The particularly stark image underscored the battle that Manchin has waged for weeks attempting to restrain Democrats’ high-spending appetite.
Punchbowl News reported on Manchin’s alleged remarks to the Senate majority leader. Schumer claimed victory in a minor battle over a debt ceiling increase to stave off a government shutdown, buying some time for Democrats to attempt to resolve their infighting over a multi-trillion-dollar spending package.
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Schumer’s comments angered Republicans who supported the debt ceiling increase as well as Manchin. Punchbowl News’ morning newsletter said in part:
There was some last-minute drama, as well. Schumer went to the floor and harshly criticized Republicans for provoking the crisis. Schumer won this round of his never-ending battle with McConnell, and he made sure everyone knew it. But Republicans — and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — didn’t like the tone of Schumer’s remarks. Senate Minority Whip John Thune complained personally to Schumer on the floor, while Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) complained to reporters.
Manchin told Schumer the speech was “f***ing stupid,” according to four sources. Then Manchin complained to reporters too. The incident doesn’t really signify anything, except to show how tense everyone is in the Senate these days. And it’s only going to get worse.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.