President Trump criticized Sen. Joe Manchin (D) “in an interview Thursday in which he said the West Virginia Democrat talks about bipartisanship, but neglects to act in such a way. In particular, Trump mentioned how Manchin and other Democrats spoke about how they were willing to negotiate with Republicans on healthcare and tax reform, but then uniformly voted against those efforts this year.”
“He talks. But he doesn’t do anything. He doesn’t do,” Trump said in reference to Manchin, in an interview with the New York Times.
“He then evoked what he views dealing with Manchin is like.”
“‘Hey, let’s get together, let’s do bipartisan,’” Trump said, imitating Manchin. “I say, ‘Good, let’s go.’ Then you don’t hear from him again.” (Washington Examiner)
A CLOSER LOOK. As former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship (R) “pushes Trump-esque trade policies and regulatory rollbacks, he also intends to convince voters that the government was responsible for killing his miners and is knowingly allowing unsafe mines to continue operating across the country — allegations that miners’ unions and the federal government dismiss outright.”
“Local GOP leaders have distilled Mr. Blankenship’s message down to a bumper-sticker-sized slogan.”
“Barack Obama, this local prosecutor and Joe Manchin put me in prison,” said Rob Cornelius, a Republican political operative who has worked with Blankenship.
“Meanwhile, Mr. Manchin’s campaign has launched accusations that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell persuaded Mr. Blankenship to run — a charge Mr. McConnell’s office has denied.” (Washington Times)
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