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Manchin sets off liberal smoke alarms for singing ‘We Shall Overcome’ at the Kennedy Center Honors

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Liberal Twitter is providing a metaphorically full-throated, as it were, response after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin was spotted by those watching the ceremony on TV singing “We Shall Overcome” during the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Joan Baez.

The prevailing progressive ethos, apparently, is that the West Virginia Democrat has no business intoning the gospel song that became an anthem for the civil rights movement because of certain political positions that he has staked out recently. Those policy disagreements have prompted a wide range of liberal invective against him.

Although Manchin sometimes caves to the liberals at crunch time (and he voted to convict former President Trump after both impeachment trials), he has officially announced that he is voting against the Democrats’ so-called For the People Act that would overhaul the nation’s voting system in a way that would solidify the left’s political power indefinitely.

Hyperbolic liberals have — without evidence — equated opposition to the bill as tantamount to supporting voter suppression. Republicans and others maintain that it is tantamount to legalized vote fraud.

Manchin is also holding to his position about keeping in place the filibuster, a parliamentary procedure that currently requires the approval of at least 60 lawmakers to move forward on most legislation pending in the upper chamber. Democrats have a long history of using the filibuster to tie up the Senate, but that was then, and this is now.

The senator has also insisted upon bipartisan support for any federal infrastructure spending plan. In a U.S. Senate split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, Manchin is perhaps the most influential politician in America.

In addition to Baez, the Kennedy Center also awarded medallions to Debbie Allen, Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, and violinist Midori in recognition of their lifetime contributions to American culture.

According to liberal Twitter, Sen. Manchin should have either stayed home altogether or remained silent during the inspirational gospel ballad.

Here is just a small sampling of the similarly themed liberal outrage [Warning for language]:

Robert Jonathan


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