Progressives are hounding moderate Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia for refusal to go along with their radical agenda.
Check out the responses from Bernie Sanders and President Biden over the incident.
Bernie Sanders' Response
Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) refused to sign onto a statement condemning far-left activists who chased Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) into a bathroom where they proceeded to record and berate her.
“Sanders wanted the statement to urge Sinema to drop her opposition to prescription drug reform, as well as Biden’s $3.5 trillion” social spending bill, Axios reported. “An email exchange between Senate Democratic leadership aides, obtained by Axios, reveals Sanders withheld his name from a joint statement declaring protesters who followed Sinema into a bathroom — and filmed her while using the restroom — as ‘plainly inappropriate and unacceptable.'”
Sanders’ communications director Mike Casca indicated that the senator did not approve of the statement and responded to an aide for another senator who organized the statement, writing: “Sanders will not be signing, so please cut ‘Senate Democratic Leadership Team’ from headline.”
‘It Happens to Everybody, Part of the Process’
President Biden says ‘It Happens to Everybody, Part of the Process’
“Do you think that those tactics are crossing a line?” reporter Doocy asked President Biden.
“I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody,” Biden responded. “The only people doesn’t happen to people who have Secret Service standing around them. So it’s part of the process.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (UT): “I’ve spent countless hours working alongside Kyrsten Sinema. She is smart, hard working and principled. We don’t always see eye to eye, but I respect her. The harassment she has endured is inexcusable and disheartening. It reflects so poorly on the bullies and abusers.”
Axios offers a "Big Scoop" on the Sanders’ Sinema Spat.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) withheld support for a joint statement condemning last weekend's protests against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) because it also wouldn't include a rebuke of her political views.
Manchin is telling colleagues that progressives need to pick just one of Biden’s three signature policies for helping working families and discard the other two, people familiar with the matter tell Axios' Hans Nichols.
- Sanders, a leading progressive, separately told reporters there are “48 senators who support $3.5 trillion; we have two people who don't,” referring to Manchin and Sinema.
- "It is wrong, it is really not playing fair,” Sanders said. "Two people do not have a right to sabotage what 48 want."
- Manchin's private demand for progressive prioritization tracks with his public concern that simply trimming a program's duration doesn’t accurately capture its true overall cost.
"It is unacceptable for activist organizations to instruct their members to jeopardize themselves by engaging in unlawful activities such as gaining entry to closed university buildings, disrupting learning environments, and filming students in a restroom."
Dangerous New Math and Processes
A petulant Sanders would not sign a statement condemning breaking into a school and harassing a Senator and students in a bathroom.
Not to worry, Biden says "It happens to everybody" and it's "Part of the process."
Apparently, 48 out of 100 is the new majority. Two people do not have a right to their opinions if 48 disagree.
Manchin's New Requirement
The big scoop in this drama is that Manchin wants progressives to pick just one of Biden’s three signature policies for helping working families and discard the other two.
I hope the whole damn thing goes under. And it will if Progressives hold firm.
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