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Maher goes after Manchin: 'Most powerful Republican in the Senate'

HBO's Bill Maher went after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) during his show Friday night, dubbing the moderate Democrat the "most powerful Republican in the Senate."

The comedian and liberal commentator knocked Manchin while opening his show "Real Time with Bill Maher," noting that President Biden would meet with Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday at the conclusion of the Group of Seven summit.

"Sunday, Biden is gonna go to Windsor Castle to meet with the queen, newly widowed queen. He was going to express his condolences for her losing Prince Philip, and she's going to express her condolences for Joe losing Joe Manchin," Maher said, drawing laughter from his audience.

"This Joe Manchin. Boy, have you been reading about him? For a Democrat, he is the most powerful Republican in the Senate," Maher continued.

Manchin, a conservative Democrat, has proved to be a key vote in the evenly divided Senate but has drawn the ire of the party's progressive wing.

The West Virginia senator has been firm in his support of the filibuster, making it challenging for Democrats to attract the votes necessary to nix it. Instead, Manchin has consistently insisted on bipartisanship.

Last week, he wrote in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that he would vote against the For the People Act, the sweeping bill to overhaul elections at the top of Democrats' priority list.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) last week called Manchin "the new Mitch McConnell." 

Maher also slammed Manchin, saying he's "blocked every big thing the Democrats want to do," from the elections bill to infrastructure.

"The voting rights legislation, the Jan. 6 commission, even infrastructure. That's f---ing dead now," Maher said.

"The talks broke down they said because of - I love this - irreconcilable differences, which sounds to me like a marriage or a divorce, which is appropriate considering next year they may get the House," he said.

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