Trump hammers Manchin over impeachment vote
President Trump slammed Sen. Joe Manchin Friday over his vote to convict in the Senate’s impeachment trial, saying the West Virginia Democrat was a “puppet” for the Democratic Party.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
“[Sen. Capito] was all in (a great person),” he added, referring to Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.). “I was told by many that Manchin was just a puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. That’s all he is!”
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2020
Manchin, a red-state Democrat who narrowly won reelection in 2018, was widely considered a swing vote on impeachment heading into Wednesday’s vote. He announced just before the vote began that he would back convicting Trump on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress regarding the president’s dealings with Ukraine.
“The charges brought against President Trump are serious and carry grave consequences for our nation,” Manchin said in a statement explaining his vote. “The evidence presented by the House Managers, including video testimony of witnesses under oath in the House of Representatives, clearly supports the charges brought against the President in the articles of impeachment.”
“I take no pleasure in these votes, and am saddened this is the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren,” he added. “I have always wanted this President, and every President to succeed, but I deeply love our country and must do what I think is best for the nation.”
Manchin was a top target for Trump in the 2018 midterm cycle, with the president campaigning heavily against the West Virginia Democrat in a state Trump won more than 40 points in 2016.
In his tweet, Trump also went after Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah), who was the only Republican to break party lines by voting to convict on the abuse of power charge.
“Every Republican Senator except Romney, many highly religious people, all very smart, voted against the Impeachment Hoax,” Trump tweeted.
Brett Samuels contributed.
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