For those who thought Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) would side with Republicans on important issues because of the conservative nature of West Virginia, this news may come as an unwelcome surprise.
“Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said the Senate should consider removing Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) via the 14th Amendment over their objections last week to the Electoral College results,” according to The Hill.
“Speaking to PBS’s “Firing Line” on Friday night, Manchin said the Senate should explore the option after a violent mob, riled up by President Trump and convinced by Republicans such as Hawley and Cruz that the election was fraudulent, ransacked the Capitol in one of the darkest points in American democracy.
“The third section of the 14th Amendment reads that no lawmaker holding office ‘shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.’
“‘I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,’ said Manchin. ‘I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.’”
For more on this story, go to The Hill.
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