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]:
And he also has the nerve to sing along to We Shall Overcome during last night’s airing of the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Joan Baez. 😒 pic.twitter.com/0UqaM0XCd5
— Maudi63 (@maudi63) June 7, 2021
Americans are fed up with the Republicans full stop 🛑
Last night during the Kennedy Center Honors as Joe Manchin sat in the audience and Gladys Knight sang, Garth Brooks hit, we shall be free, I’m surprised ⚡️ didn’t strike @Sen_JoeManchin @JoeManchinWV
— Jeanne 🔥 n 🧊 👩🏻🦰 (@Chill004Jeanne) June 7, 2021
You have to be kidding me – there is Joe Manchin in the audience singing “We Shall Overcome” at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony for Joan Baez. Maybe she can have a talk with him.
— vaxxed to the max (@crockthedoc) June 7, 2021
As I am watching the Kennedy Center Honors & as they the honor Garth Brooks..I see Joe Manchin in the background having a good ole time hanging with all the celebrities!
He’s soaking in being the most powerful man in DC when the world needs him to do the right thing and vote pic.twitter.com/Te3hT4LpgT
— Andrew (@TheRealAndrew_) June 7, 2021
Incredibly ironic to see @Sen_JoeManchin at the Kennedy Center last evening singing along to We Shall Overcome (a tribute to Joan Baez) on the same day he announces his wrongheaded opposition to the For The People Act. https://t.co/axfvW4aE2H
— Gerry Hebert (@GerryHebert) June 7, 2021
Joe Manchin singing along to We Shall Overcome during the Joan Baez segment of the Kennedy Center Honors – what a fucking hypocrite. Fuck you & the filibuster you love more than democracy.
— way2busymom (@way2busymom) June 7, 2021
He almost ruined the Kennedy Center Honors tonight when they panned the camera to him.
— Stella Royce (@RoyceStella) June 7, 2021
I am trying not to let that 2 sec cutaway of Joe Manchin singing We Shall Overcome ruin that absolutely magical performance.
— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) June 7, 2021
Almost put my foot through the TV just now at that shot of fucking #FakeDemocrat Joe Manchin singing along to “We Shall Overcome” on the Joan Baez part of Kennedy Center Honors. Who let that bastard in?
— Joyce Millman (@joycemillman) June 7, 2021
All respect to the Kennedy Center honorees, but the regular cutaways to watching Joe Manchin singing and dancing along…did…not…add…to…my…enjoyment. Not at all. Not even a little.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) June 7, 2021
Watching this beautiful tribute to Joan Baez at the Kennedy Center is inspiring. They sing “we shall overcome “ and the camera turns to “turncoat” Joe Manchin mouthing the words! The nerve of him even being there!
— linda lewis (@lalinny1) June 7, 2021
Joe Manchin sitting behind the awesome Garth Brooks, outside at the Kennedy Center for the Performance Arts Honors tonight, made me throw-up in my mouth a little. 🤮🤢 #ManchinIsATraitor
— CCK (@123_ckern) June 7, 2021
Did not appreciate him singing “We Shall Overcome.” Frankly, it pissed me off.
— Mike the Dude: slave to a cat🇺🇸 (@MiketheDude6) June 7, 2021
@Sen_JoeManchin singing along to the words of We Shall Overcome tonight at the Kennedy Center Honors while SUPPORTING the Jim Crow filibuster and NOT supporting the Voting Rights Bill………….
I just can’t……..
— marla harrison cohn (@karmachick09) June 7, 2021
Just saw that piece of shit hypocrite mother fucker @Sen_JoeManchin singing along with “We Shall Overcome” at Kennedy Center Honors. What a liar he is.
— democratsrule 💉💉 (@dianesummers6) June 7, 2021
— Daniel Kochanowicz (@Blueskyfox) June 7, 2021
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