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Humanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives

Humanist Report host Mike Figueredo on Tuesday criticized “conservative Democrats” Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  All eyes on Manchin after COVID-19 aid passes Senate Justice: 'I'm not going to get in a food fight with Joe Manchin' on use of CARES Act funds MORE (W.Va.) and Krysten SinemaKyrsten SinemaProgressives' majority delusions politically costly Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill Humanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives MORE (Ariz.), saying they “hold more power” in negotiations than progressives.

Figueredo pointed out in an appearance on Hill.TV’s “Rising” that the Democrats’ thin majority with the tie-breaking vote in a 50-50 Senate gives moderate Democrats more say in decisions, noting that they “oftentimes” side with Republicans more than moderate Republicans vote with Democrats. 

“When it comes to Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema — they’re ruthless, and they don’t actually care that people are suffering, so they will hold up” the Democratic agenda, he said. 

“If you want to play chicken with them, they’ll end up winning because they don’t actually care,” he added.

He partly attributed the senators’ straying from the caucus to party leadership, saying Senate Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerManchin firm on support for filibuster, mulls making it 'a little bit more painful' to use Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE (D-N.Y.) does not get members “to hold their ground” like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  We need a voting rights workaround Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Ky.).

“We don’t see that leadership on the Democratic Party side, so there’s no discipline there,” Figueredo said.

“I really wish that it was the left … of the party who had more leverage, but unfortunately, that is never the case,” he said. “It’s always ... the right-wingers are the lowest common denominators.”

Manchin and Sinema have both declared their support to keep the filibuster, which most Democratic senators want to abolish.