Democratic Party Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was blasted on the ABC News program "This Week" after announcing he would scuttle President Joe Biden's agenda.
During an interview with host Martha Raddatz, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont blasted his Senate colleague
"Senator, I want to turn Congress and the agenda there. Senator Manchin, of course, abruptly pulled the plug this week on the Democrats’ plans to pass," Raddatz began before being interrupted by Sanders.
"No, Martha, he didn't abruptly," Sanders interjected.
"Okay, let -- okay, he abruptly on Friday did that," she argued.
"Martha, let me disagree with you. He didn't abruptly do anything," Sanders said. "No, look, if you check the record, six months ago, I made it clear that you have people like Manchin, [Kyrsten] Sinema to a lesser degree, who are intentionally sabotaging the president's agenda, what the American people, what a majority of us in the Democratic Caucus want. Nothing new about this.
"And the problem was that we continue to talk Manchin like he was serious," Sanders continued. "He was not. This is a guy who is a major recipient of fossil fuel money, a guy who has received campaign contributions from 25 Republican billionaires."
Sanders went on to blast Manchin for imperiling younger Americans.
"So, when Manchin sabotages climate change, this is the future generations what's going on right now," Sanders said. "In the West, all over the world, we’re looking at significantly increased -- more and more heat waves. You’d have to look at more flooding. This is an existential threat to humanity. And what this election must be about is whether or not we’re going to vote for candidates who will have (ph) to stand up for working people, stand up for the planets and have the courage to take on the billionaire class who dominates our economy and our political life."
"That's what this election is about," he said.
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