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Manchin takes another swipe at AOC: ‘She’s more active on Twitter than anything else’

Since Election Day, few Democrats have sounded as reasonable as Sen. Joe Manchin.

The West Virginian has openly defied many in his party by rejecting left-wing nostrums like killing the filibuster, packing the Supreme Court and defunding the police. Manchin, who in a recent New York Times interview described himself as a “moderate-conservative,” a title few on either side would quibble with, also has denounced the idea of Democrats pursuing “some crazy, socialist agenda.”

For that latter comment, Manchin drew an icy reply from radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.

Following a Fox News interview in mid-November in which he questioned the priorities of his party’s progressives, Manchin reiterated his remarks with a tweet that lumped in defunding the police with ideas he would avoid. AOC retweeted his quote along with a photo of herself staring coldly at Manchin as he apparently applauded a comment by President Donald Trump during his second State of the Union address.

Manchin responded to that tweet on Monday, during another interview with the Times.

The premise behind the piece was that Manchin and others in the middle – such as GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah – would be pivotal for both sides, regardless of how the Senate run-off elections in Georgia go in January.

The Times revisited AOC’s tweet in recalling Manchin’s comment on financially hamstringing the police: “Defund the police? defund my butt,” Manchin had said on Twitter.

In an obvious response to a question about AOC’s tweet, Manchin said, “I guess she put the dagger stare on me. I don’t know the young lady – I really don’t. I never met her. I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else.”

As the Times noted, “That amounts to a sharp insult in a chamber where legislative prowess is prized. Mr. Manchin said he would stand firm against the agenda that the left flank of his party is pushing.”

Manchin then added, “We’re not going to defund the police, we’re not for the new green deal. That’s not going to happen. We’re not for Medicare for All – we can’t even pay for Medicare for some.” Continuing, he said, “I can assure you I will not vote to end the filibuster, because that would break the Senate. If you’ve got to blow up the Senate to do the right thing, then we’ve got the wrong people in the Senate.”

AOC’s spokeswoman replied by telling the Times that the freshman lawmaker “has earned a reputation as a tough, prepared member in committee hearings.”

Stay tuned.

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