Manchin on Trump calling him munchkin: ‘It makes him look like an immature adult’
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Monday said he will still aim to work with President Trump on some items even after the president attacked him with a slew of insults following the senator’s vote to remove him from office.
“Do you think names bother me?” Manchin said in an appearance on MSNBC. “Do I look like I’m small and fragile? Names don’t bother me and the president knows he can’t get to me that way.”
Manchin said he is not “going to retaliate” against Trump and called the president’s remarks “immature.”
“He can call me all the names he wants to, it makes him look like an immature adult,” Manchin said. “And I hope he rises above that, I really would. I think it’s best for our country.”
Sen. Manchin on Pres. Trump’s name-calling following Manchin’s impeachment votes: “Do you think names bother me? Do I look like I’m small and fragile? … It makes him look like an immature adult.” pic.twitter.com/rmqUFkRckW
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The moderate Democrat joined the rest of his party last week in voting to convict Trump on House impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump was ultimately acquitted, with all but one Republican, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, voting against his removal.
Trump ramped up his attacks on Manchin over the weekend, calling the Democrat a “puppet” on Saturday, and referring to him as “Senator Joe Munchkin” in a subsequent Sunday morning tweet.
Trump has been attacking Democrats and Romney over their votes against him, as the president continues to decry the process was a “hoax.”