'What are you thinking?' MSNBC host calls out key Dems who will cancel stimulus checks for 12 million people
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on CNN (screengrab)

MSNBC host Chis Hayes blasted Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for initiating a Senate compromise on the COVID stimulus bill that would remove 12 million Americans and children from getting checks.

While Fox News is blaming Democrats for destroying Dr. Seuss and Mr. Patato Head, which Democrats had no role in, Americans are desperate for the stimulus funds that they've wanted since it was announced last year. When the bill was first proposed, 72 percent of Americans said they supported the bill which would deliver $2,000 checks to Americans. That was then cut by Manchin and others for a "compromise" bill.

"The public understands this bill will help a lot of people who really need it. all of this said, why on Earth would you take steps to make it less effective and less popular?" asked Hayes. "And yet today that is exactly what Senate Democrats were insisting on."

He cited a Washington Post describing the deal: "Under the plan, individuals earning up to $75,000 per year and couples making up to $150,000 a year would qualify for the full $1,400 payment."

The House bill said that the size of the payments would scale down before zeroing out for individuals making $100,000 per year and couples making $200,000. But the new change would zero out the payment for anyone making over $80,000 and couples making over $160,000.

So, "around 12 million fewer adults and 5 million fewer kids would get the stimulus payments under the new Biden Senate compromise, according to preliminary estimates," Hays explained. "A lot of those adults are voters who will now get less in direct cash assistance from President Biden than they did from Donald Trump. Why would Democratic Senators, like Joe Manchin, and Jean Shaheen push for this to happen? Cut Joe Manchin a ton of slack. The guy got re-elected in West Virginia, the Trumpiest state in the union."

"On top of that, on top of all of this, keep in mind that the big gains that were made with college-educated voters in metropolitan areas, particularly suburbs, a lot of those people are making the amount that are now going to get shut out of stimulus checks," Hayes said. "There is nothing more than a reflexive, almost neurotic, compulsive desire to signal moderation by making things worse both substantively and what on Earth are you thinking?"

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