Not ‘B-U-L-L,’ it’s ‘T-R-U-E’: Reporter calls source ‘impeccable,’ after Manchin denies party switch threat

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A left-wing “journalist” claimed via unnamed “impeccable” sources Wednesday that embattled Sen. Joe Manchin is considering leaving the Democrat Party unless his colleagues concede to his demands that their $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill be drastically dialed back.

In response to this claim from David Corn, who is the bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine, the senator cried foul, claiming in a pithy one-sentence statement to the press Wednesday afternoon that it’s bullschiff.

“I can’t control rumors, and it’s bulls–t! Bulls–t spelled with a B-U-L-L, capital B,” he said.

Listen:

Yer during an appearance on MSNBC hours later, Corn doubled down on his claim, telling far-left host Joy Reid that his sourcing is “impeccable.”

“Today, he called the report BS. I can tell you that the sourcing is impeccable, and he knows it! He knows what we know!” he said.

The “journalist” added that Manchin has since dropped the supposed plan now that he’s been “outed.”

“He has now said it’s B-U-L-L. It’s actually T-R-U-E. He himself has taken it off the table, because if he’s gonna do it now, then he would actually show that what he’s saying it’s bull, that he was lying then. So he has been outed,” Corn gloated.

In his original report published at Mother Jones on Wednesday, he claimed Manchin “has told associates that he is considering leaving the Democratic Party if President Joe Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not agree to his demand to cut the size of the social infrastructure bill from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion.”

The senator’s exit strategy would reportedly be two-pronged.

“First, he would send a letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, removing himself from the Democratic leadership of the Senate. (He is vice chair of the Senate Democrats’ policy and communications committee.) Manchin hopes that would send a signal,” Corn wrote at Mother Jones.

“He would then wait and see if that move had any impact on the negotiations. After about a week, he said, he would change his voter registration from Democrat to independent,” the “journalist” added.

The senator would reportedly identify as an “American Independent,” to be exact.

However, this wouldn’t necessarily change how the Senate currently functions with Democrats in charge. Sen. Bernie Sanders is also technically an Independent, but because he caucuses with the Democrats, they still hold majority control. The same thing could happen if Manchin ostensibly switched teams.

“It is unclear whether in this scenario Manchin would end up caucusing with the Democrats, which would allow them to continue to control the Senate, or side with the Republicans and place the Senate in GOP hands. In either event, he would hold great sway over this half of Congress,” according to Corn.

It seems unlikely the senator would caucus with Republicans, but it is possible.

Much focus has been placed on Manchin in recent weeks because of his opposition to the Democrats’ widely panned $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. But he isn’t the only holdout. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is also refusing to vote for the bill unless certain demands are met, though there have been no reports yet of her looking to leave the party.

This hasn’t stopped some on the far-left from begging the senator to leave the party, oddly enough. In a personal op-ed published in The New York Times last week, Michelle Cottle, a member of the paper’s editorial board, wrote that the senator should consider leaving and argued it’d be a “positive for all involved.”

Of course, Cottle’s risky assumption is that Sinema would also caucus with the Democrats like Sanders, despite her political views being far more centrist/moderate then the ol’ Vermont codger, if not more centrist than, in fact, all of her colleagues.

“Throwing in with Republicans seems like a bridge too far. It’s not as though Ms. Sinema is an actual conservative. But easing over into the independent column could be a gentler, less disruptive transition. She could still caucus with the Democrats, much like her independent colleagues Angus King and Bernie Sanders,” Cottle wrote.

Meanwhile, according to the latest reports, Sinema is now reportedly blocking Democrats’ plans to spike corporate taxes.

“Sinema (D-Ariz.) remains opposed to one of the party’s chief goals of raising tax rates on high-income earners and corporations, a long-sought objective since former President Donald Trump signed his 2017 tax cut law,” Politico reported Wednesday.

“Though Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has advocated raising rates on high-income earners, corporations and capital gains, Sinema has landed to the right of Manchin on tax policy,” the outlet added.

The fact that she’s “to the right of” Manchin — particularly on taxes — suggests that there’s a chance, however meager, that were she ever to leave the Democrat Party, she’d start caucusing with their sworn enemies, the Republicans.

Vivek Saxena

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