Senator Joe Manchin responded to a pair of scathing tweets against him by President Trump.
I was very surprised & disappointed that Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted against me on the Democrat’s totally partisan Impeachment Hoax. No President has done more for the great people of West Virginia than me (Pensions), and that will….
….always continue. Every Republican Senator except Romney, many highly religious people, all very smart, voted against the Impeachment Hoax. @SenCapito was all in (a great person). I was told by many that Manchin was just a puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. That’s all he is!
Politico reports Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday brushed off the stream of insults hurled at him by President Donald Trump, offering the president some stern advice: Grow up.
“I expect — every American and myself would like my president and our president to act like a responsible adult, and he’s not,” Manchin told CNN’s “New Day.” “For the sake of the country, I hope he does.”
Manchin’s retort followed three straight days of attacks by the president on Twitter as part of his broader campaign against those who supported his impeachment. Trump launched insults against the West Virginia Democrat’s intelligence, labeling him a “puppet” of the Democratic Party and referring to him as Joe “Munchkin.”
Manchin had been considered among the likeliest Democrats in the Senate to break with his party and vote against Trump’s removal from office, especially after the senator floated the idea of a censure of the president instead. But ultimately, Manchin has said, he found the evidence that Trump abused his office and obstructed Congress’ investigation “overwhelming.”
The West Virginia lawmaker, who votes with Trump more often than any other Democrat in the Senate, on Monday fired off what appeared to be a warning at the president.
“Here’s the thing. I’m his best chance of having anything in a bipartisan way,” the senator said.
In an interview on MSNBC later Monday, Manchin swatted back more forcefully at Trump’s “Munchkin” moniker and Trump’s assertion that the senator “couldn’t understand the Transcripts” of events at the center of the impeachment inquiry.
“First of all, the munchkin, I’m taller than him, I think, a little bit bigger than he is,” he quipped. “Not heavier — he’s much heavier than me, but I’m a little taller than him so I guess he got that little bit off.”
Manchin added that he didn’t know Trump’s intent when the president referenced the transcripts.
“I hope he wasn’t referring to because I’m from West Virginia, that we can’t understand or comprehend,” he said. “I think we do a pretty good job of that, and I understood it very well. I read it and I understood it.”
But he also said that while he expected Trump’s broadsides, he would not stoop to the level of name-calling that Trump had.
“Do you think names bother me? Do I look like I’m small and fragile?” he asked. “Names don’t bother me. The president knows he can’t get to me that way. I’m not going to retaliate.”
He continued: “The people want a mature adult — that’s what the president should be. That’s who we want as our president. I want him to succeed. This is not personal with me. I mean, he can call me all the names he wants to. It makes him look like an immature adult. I hope he rises above that. I think it’s best for our country.”
Manchin also bemoaned conservatives’ fury toward those who crossed Trump throughout the impeachment inquiry, including two impeachment witnesses who were removed from their administration posts and Sen. Mitt Romney, the only Republican to vote for the president’s removal. Romney in particular has faced significant backlash from Trump and others in the GOP over his vote.
“It’s hard to believe we’ve stooped this low,” Manchin said of the Romney fallout.