WATCH: Top Senators Push Manchin To Swap Political Parties

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV., May 13, 2021. Oliver Contreras/Pool via REUTERS

During an interview this past Sunday evening, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) called out Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and challenged him to swap sides of the aisle by stating that Manchin needed to abandon the party of “inflation” and utter “lawlessness.”

“There’s still plenty of time he can still switch parties if he wants to, I encourage him to do so,” stated Lee to Trey Gowdy, a host for Fox News. “There’s no reason why he belongs with the party of inflation, why he belongs with the party of lawlessness, why he ought to remain with the party that’s harassing intimidating and belittling him at every turn, just so they can fundamentally remake the American economy and American society.”

“Joe Manchin absolutely should leave the Democratic Party and I look forward to embracing him when he joins our caucus,” continued Lee. “What they see here is that they belittle him and intimidate him enough that somehow he relent. That’s of course, not going to happen. Joe Manchin’s got a backbone and he’s got principles, and he’s also got constituents, you know, he represents the good people of West Virginia, including a whole lot of poor and middle class Americans who are finding that everything they buy from gas to groceries from housing to healthcare, is getting more expensive, unaffordably so, and they’re understanding increasingly that this is happening as a result of federal government. It’s just printing money to the tune of trillions of dollars it doesn’t have, that hurts America’s poor middle class.”

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Transcript:

[START VIDEO]

REPORTER: Senator, have you ever had a plan to switch parties?

SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): No, you know, I’ll be very honest with you. Anything that was ever said where we’ve ever talked about if I’m an embarrassment to my Democrat colleagues, my caucus, the president being the leader of the Democrat Party, Chuck Schumer and all them, and I said me being a moderate centrist Democrat, if that causes you a problem let me know and I’d switch to be an Independent but I’d still be caucusing with Democrats. That doesn’t, it’s not connotation where would we cause them a problem, that’s the only thing that was ever discussed. No one accepted that and I just said, I’ll make that offer if you need it.

[END VIDEO]

TREY GOWDY, FOX NEWS HOST: Democrats have no margin for error in the Senate, which is why this strategy of insulting and intimidating Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema is such a strange one. Rumors began to circulate this week that Joe Manchin was contemplating switching from Democrat to Independent and honestly, why wouldn’t he? Joe Biden didn’t carry a single county in West Virginia. Joe Manchin has nothing in common with The Squad so why would he vote like The Squad? And of course, none of this drama would be relevant had Republicans want a single Georgia Senate race in January of 2021, just one, control over the Senate was on the ballot. The Biden agenda was on the ballot, and Republicans lost both Georgia races. Our next guest is a smart, thoughtful man from the great state of Utah, Senator Mike Lee. Senator, you have a brilliant legal mind, I’m gonna ask you a legal question, and a second, which we both prefer. But let’s get the politics out of the way. Joe Manchin wouldn’t be the center of the political universe had we not just won a single Georgia Senate race, right?

SEN. MIKE LEE (R-UT): That’s right, he wouldn’t. And look, there’s still plenty of time he can still switch parties if he wants to, I encourage him to do so. There’s no reason why he belongs with the party of inflation, why he belongs with the party of lawlessness, why he ought to remain with the party that’s harassing intimidating and belittling him at every turn, just so they can fundamentally remake the American economy and American society. No, look, Joe Manchin absolutely should leave the Democratic Party and I look forward to embracing him when he joins our caucus.

GOWDY: Well, you know, what I keep getting hung up on is he represents West Virginia. I mean, that’s a state where Joe Biden literally did not want a single county. So, what are the realistic expectations of The Squad for a guy from West Virginia?

LEE: Well, look, what they see here is is a chance to make America a little more socialist, or a lot more socialist. What they see here is that they belittle him and intimidate him enough that somehow he relent. That’s of course, not going to happen. Joe Manchin’s got a backbone and he’s got principles, and he’s also got constituents, you know, he represents the good people of West Virginia, including a whole lot of poor and middle class Americans who are finding that everything they buy from gas to groceries from housing to healthcare, is getting more expensive, unaffordably so, and they’re understanding increasingly that this is happening as a result of federal government. It’s just printing money to the tune of trillions of dollars it doesn’t have, that hurts America’s poor middle class.

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