“Manchin goes full MAGA.”
That’s the way Politico reported Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) apparent betrayal of his colleagues when he expressed regret for ever endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
According to Fox News, the senator, who is in a difficult battle against a Republican challenger, said during an interview released Wednesday that Hillary went against his advice to stay away from the coal-mining state. Hillary was confronted by upset miners there for her comments about planning “to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
“It [endorsing her] was a mistake. It was a mistake politically,” Manchin said.
But when Hillary arrived, she made all sorts of promises to give federal money to rebuild the state if she got elected. Hillary ended up suffering a devastating defeat in West Virginia, with 26 percent of the vote. Trump walked away with 69 percent, according to the New York Times.
It was Hillary’s promises, though, that convinced Manchin to endorse her, he said. Regions of West Virginia were devastated by heavy flooding in June 2016.
He said the decision came down to asking himself, “Is this about me? Or trying to help a part of my state that’s never recovered and is having a tough time?”
But now he’s saying that when it comes to the 2020 presidential election, “I’m open to supporting the person who I think is best for my country and my state. If his policies are best, I’ll be right there.”
He added that, even as a Democrat, he sometimes supports Trump more than senators on the Republican side of the aisle do. But Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., isn’t buying it.
“What a joke. You can’t go ‘Full #MAGA’ in WV while voting against Tax Cuts, voting for excessive regulations, and voting with Bernie Sanders more than you do with POTUS. It’s time for someone who will vote with DJT! Vote @MorriseyWV #wv,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.
Trump Jr. was campaigning on Tuesday for Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey, who is the state’s attorney general, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
“Oh, now he’s open to it?!? What changed in 24 hours? The old DC tell them what they want to hear routine is not working anymore Joe. No one is buying it just look at your record. Time for some new blood,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter earlier.