A left-wing influencer and host of his own show is suggesting that the U.S. Department of Justice engage in a form of blackmail to get Sen. Joe Manchin to support the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion spending plan.
Kyle Kulinski, the host of an eponymous YouTube show with about 970,000 subscribers, took to Twitter to propose a method to get the West Virginia Democrat to play ball:
“If I’m @JoeBiden I tell @Sen_JoeManchin my DOJ may just investigate his daughter & she may just go to prison. Unless of course he takes another look at the $3.5 trillion bill and has a change of heart. It’s what FDR & LBJ would’ve done. And it would’ve worked,” Kulinski wrote.
Whatever their motivation, moderates Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are perhaps all that stands in the way of full-on socialism in America given the 50-50 U.S. Senate that is under Democrat control with VP Kamala Harris empowered to break any tie votes under Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution.
If I’m @JoeBiden I tell @Sen_JoeManchin my DOJ may just investigate his daughter & she may just go to prison. Unless of course he takes another look at the $3.5 trillion bill and has a change of heart. It’s what FDR & LBJ would’ve done. And it would’ve worked. https://t.co/F6hH8qWB0Z
— Secular Talk🎙 (@KyleKulinski) September 8, 2021
Both lawmakers have voiced opposition to the price tag of the massive spending packing as currently constituted. Machin has described the reconciliation measure as containing “irresponsible levels of spending.”
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published last week, Machin wrote, in part, that “Instead of rushing to spend trillions on new government programs and additional stimulus funding, Congress should hit a strategic pause on the budget-reconciliation legislation…I, for one, won’t support a $3.5 trillion bill, or anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs.”
Manchin previously declined to support the Democrats’ sweeping election nationalization bill, the so-called For the People Act, because it was too partisan.
To the angst of the far-left activists in and out of Congress, neither Manchin nor Sinema support eliminating the filibuster, a rule that requires the approval of 60 lawmakers to move forward on most legislation pending in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Manchin not marching in line as Dems shove massive pork-laden $3.5T spending plan along https://t.co/J6pIqlGoo2 pic.twitter.com/yVtKyREoBi
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 12, 2021
In his social media message, Kyle Kulinski was alluding to a lengthy article in The Intercept claiming that Heather Bresch, Manchin’s daughter, allegedly “worked directly with the CEO of Pfizer to keep prices of the company’s EpiPen product artificially high, according to new documents released as part of an ongoing lawsuit.”
Bresch is the ex-CEO of pharmaceutical company Mylan which in the past has been accused of alleged price gouging for the EpiPen injectable allergy reaction medication.
According to the Courthouse News Service, “In 2017, Mylan paid $465 million in a settlement with the Department of Justice for overcharging the government for the drug.”
As a side note, progressive journalist and frequent Tucker Carlson Tonight guest Glenn Greenwald co-founded The Intercept, but left the news outlet last year because, in his view, it was censoring information unfavorable to then-candidate Joe Biden.
Reacting to Kulinski’s hot take, many social media users implied, among other things, that Democrats would metaphorically demand President Donald Trump’s head on a platter if he tried to influence a senator’s vote in that manner that the YouTuber is advocating for President Joe Biden. Here is a sampling:
Yes, please commit the very clearly impeachable crime of extortion. Solid advice. https://t.co/UgHpbibRTZ
— Veterans for Liberty (@Vets4AP) September 8, 2021
If Trump even joked about something like this, you would want him impeached…
— wthomson (@wthomson) September 8, 2021
This is a joke, right? You aren’t actually implying the “lock her up” mentality we hated from Trump is good when it’s on “our side,” are you?
— 🦖 (@LycanGTV) September 8, 2021
Mafia style coercion and a complete disregard for principles and rule of law order works to extract ends so we should do it… that’s the take?
— Jared (@TheDivineStein) September 8, 2021
This would be an obvious impeachable offense. https://t.co/tzD2hqtyyZ
— 🇺🇸Ali 🦅⚔️ (@Classical_Ali) September 8, 2021
This would literally get Biden impeached.
This is naked blackmail/extortion.
Please, Kyle, stop. https://t.co/RKNCdfrnJ5
— Hanz (@HanzOfHarkir) September 8, 2021
So…blackmail…breaking the law & using the prosecutorial power of the state not to prosecute crimes wherever they might occur but as a discretionary tool to control duly elected officials that are giving u trouble with ur political agenda….glad Kyle supports authoritarianism https://t.co/j3OcNaoijq
— Nuance Bro (@NuanceBro) September 8, 2021
Leftists are now openly advocating for criminal corruption to get their awful agenda passed. How pathetic. https://t.co/Y2YwLWAHws
— Daniel Ducote (@DanielRDucote) September 8, 2021
I’m all for using quid pro quo maneuvering to get someone behind a bill, but not when one of the somethings is a potential criminal investigation. If someone does something that rises to the level of a DOJ investigation, then they should be investigated. Stop weaponizing the DOJ.
— Danny (@dannyaf55) September 8, 2021
Doing impeachable offenses is commendable as long as it’s done by a Democrat president, I guess? https://t.co/z5D5tReZyT
— Fairhair (@fairhair96) September 8, 2021
This is called extortion. It’s a felony. https://t.co/OnSQAXx0oo
— Jeff Stockwell (@stockwell) September 8, 2021
Exhibit 1343109483483014130 that the Left has no Ethics whatsoever.
He even throws in that FDR and LBJ would have done this to show that, in his mind, it’s common among Democrats. https://t.co/iZnv0CMWuI
— JustisGuy (@GuyJustis) September 8, 2021
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