President Trump has been such an enormous success for the American economy and infrastructure that a Democratic Party Senator from West Virginia, Steve Manchin, has suggested that he's open to supporting Trump's reelection campaign.
West Virginia is a state where strong traditional values and Conservative ideals remain prevalent, where then-Candidate Donald Trump won a whopping 70% of the State's votes over the tiring rhetoric of the establishment Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“I’m open to supporting the person who I think is best for my country and my state,” Senator Manchin told<a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/06/manchin-trump-west-virginia-midterms-626437"> Politico </a>on Wednesday, arguing that the Presidential Candidate who is best for his State, regardless of Party lines, would gain his support. “If his policies are best, I’ll be right there.”
During the interview, Senator Manchin went as far as saying that he isn't ruling out completely endorsing President Trump's bid for reelection, a move that sends strong signals of lacking leadership and etiquette back to the core of the current Democratic National Committee.
Republicans believe they can take Senator Manchin’s seat from him in November due to the overwhelming support for President Trump throughout West Virginia, but Senator Manchin is actually one to vote with Trump's policies more-so than many Republicans, a rare sight to behold from the Democratic Party.
Both Manchin and Trump have become great friends during the Trump Administration’s efforts to reach across the aisle, with Trump recently joking that Manchin <i>overly tries to hug him</i> when the pair meet to discuss policy.
“We just kind of do the man-bump type thing. That’s it. And I think he’s pulling me as much as I’m pulling him,” Manchin said of the 45th President of the United States of America.
This kind of reaching across the aisle is an important tool for President Trump, and seeing that Manchin is a Democrat, who sides with Trump on the floor of the Senate, it may surprisingly be beneficial for him to remain-in-power, although most would like to see a GOP Senator in his place.
There's also the potential that Manchin was to switch parties, something that has happened in the past among other Washington politicians.
GOP State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is running in the 2018 Senate race, and he's considered a superstar among local voters, where many believe he will handily defeat Manchin.
“I’m with him sometimes more than other Republican senators are with him,” Manchin said.
Manchin was <i>the only Democrat</i> who clapped during President Trump's State of the Union Address, and he ended the Democratic Party’s chances of blocking CIA Director Gina Haspel from being prevented as the intelligence agency's first female leader by supporting her throughout the process.
Senator Manchin also threw his hat behind Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, as well as the current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Another topic where Manchin sides with Trump is on his hardline immigration policies including the desire to build a border wall along the United States of America's boundary with Mexico, and in banning the travel from nations who are considered state-sponsors of terrorism.
Is this enough to save Manchin’s seat? That seems unlikely with AG Morrisey on the ballot, but it has others saying that if Manchin continues a career in politics if voted out in 2018 he may switch to the GOP.
Some suggest that the friendship with Manchin has introduced liberal ideals into the Trump Administration, and those would like to see him removed so he's not an influencer of Trump's policies.
Manchin, for example, supports stricter background checks on firearms sales, which is a deal-breaker for lost Conservatives despite what the media tells us in their plot to push gun control measures into society.
“Joe Manchin is not fully supportive of the Trump agenda. If Joe Manchin says that he votes with the president 50-60 percent of the time? In my book that’s a failure,” AG Morrisey said of the incumbent Senator.
In summarizing why he supports the President over today's radical Democratic Party, Manchin said that “Washington Democrats are making it more difficult for me to be a West Virginia Democrat.”
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