It’s the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country together and unite our country, and I’m not supporting that because I think it would divide us further. I don’t want to be in a country divided any further. I’m in right now a lot of great things. I agree in that piece of legislation. But there’s an awful lot of things that basically don’t pertain directly to voting.
No kidding. And a Democrat pointing it out that made it news. Senator Joe Manchin, Manchin facing massive backlash this morning after breaking from his own party in an editorial and then with his multiple appearances yesterday over the sweeping election overhaul bill as well as infrastructure. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise joins us now to react. So, Congressman, he’s taking he’s taking a lot of abuse from his own party, especially on the left. He even took a shot last week from the president.
Can he would stand this type of pressure, in your estimation? You know, Joe’s Joe Manchin.
Yeah, sure, just hop and first of all, remember, good to be with you, Bryan, but remember when Joe Biden promised that he was going to unite and work with everybody, he’s out there undermining people on his own side because Joe Manchin says he wants to help President Biden fulfill his promise of working with people. And by the way, and not passing more bad legislation because, you know, a Democrat only infrastructure bill, that would be much more green New Deal, things that have nothing to do with roads and bridges would not be good for the country.
At least Joe Manchin putting his marker down on that and on H.R. one, which is a bad piece of legislation, says that it’s time that President Biden has to start working with Republicans like he promised.
I mean, the president did hire his wife and then they are in conversation but did call them out last weekend. There’s more and more pressure for Joe Biden to pressure Joe Manchin. We’ll see if that’ll work. But the so called for the People’s Act is scary, crazy. I mean, they’re going to nationalize elections, expand mail in voting, restore voting rights for convicted felons, encourage statehood votes in D.C., allow voters to substitute a photo I.D. with a sworn written statement.
And it’s nine hundred pages. Nine hundred pages to take over elections from the states. It seems to me Joe Manchin is also taking bullets for other Democrats, like maybe Jon Tester, Angus King or Senator Sinema.
Yeah, and think about this, you know, you’ve got a lot of states out there that have their own voter integrity protections in place, West Virginia didn’t have issues in their election. You know, go look at Florida. Back in 2000, you had the disaster with Broward County where they’re counting ballots that that don’t even have marks on them. And Florida fix those laws. If you look at what H.R. one does, it overrides all that. It basically takes California’s election law and turns it into America’s law and gets rid of voter fraud protections, which is something you don’t want to do.
So, again, what Joe Manchin did just I mean, they might threaten him. I think it’s a mistake for them to threaten him. They ought to listen to what he’s saying. What he’s saying is Joe Biden, you ran saying you were going to unify the country and work with everybody. It’s time you start doing that.
So, Congressman, here’s the thing. The one of the worst things that Mitch McConnell said about Barack Obama going to do everything I can to make him a one term president. They hung around his neck and it helped the president at the time. And then he said something similar about Joe Biden. That’s the one thing that would get Joe Manchin to go with the left. Do you feel as though people should look at Senator Capital and Mitch McConnell as somebody who’s really dealing, let’s say, with infrastructure and show his sincerity there, at the very least, to give Joe Manchin some some breathing room?
Look, I mean, regardless of the elections in twenty twenty two or twenty twenty four, we’ve got to do what’s right for the country. The policies right now, we’re destroying the fabric of America. Look, look at our economy. You’ve got a lot of problems there. You’ve got inflation through the roof. Our adversaries, Russia, China, Iran, are all on the move. They’re all testing President Biden right now. And frankly, President Biden is failing those tests.
Just look at the recent hacks. Look at what China is doing. He’s trying to give away the intellectual property of the vaccine to China right now. So I think in the end, what any president is judged on is their performance. And right now the performance has been very dismal, would have had for American jobs. Keystone’s gone. President Biden approved the Russian pipeline Nord Stream to Germany. So it’s killing American jobs and giving jobs to foreign countries.
Those aren’t good fundamentals.
Right? Let’s just see if we can guys can negotiate and get start getting stuff done that would back up. Joe Manchin. If you blow it up and don’t try to do anything, then he’s going to have no cover. Thanks, Congressman. Appreciate it.