Just after 11 Republican Senators made it so that the Democrats could save face just as they were about to give up on extending the debt ceiling, Chuck Schumer went into his usual hate speech, condemning Republicans. But, why? If the Democrats really want to extend the debt ceiling, they did not need a single Republican vote to do it. They have had the ability for three months, but have not done so.
Yet, Schumer took to the floor in the Senate and accused Republicans of playing a dangerous game. Hey, Chuckie, it’s not the fault of the Republicans that you are unable to do your job. But after that display, you’d better get your act together because you probably won’t get those 11 votes again and you will have to condemn your party to defeat after you raise the debt limit on your own.
Even Joe Manchin could not believe what he was hearing coming from Schumer’s mouth.
And Manchin did not go behind Schumer’s back to talk about him. He got right up in his face and told him that his speech was “f***ing stupid.” On his way out of the chamber, Manchin told CNN’s Raju he didn’t like the speech at all and “didn’t think it was appropriate.”
“I just think that basically what we’ve got to do is find a pathway forward, to make sure that we de-weaponize. We have to de-weaponize.”
“That was not a way to take it out.”
“Civility is gone. I’m going to try to bring it back, and I speak out when I someone do something I don’t like.”
He then lectured the GOP that, contrary to his call for bipartisanship, if they didn’t “join us,” then they need to “stay out of the way and let Democrats address the debt limit ourselves.”
Filibustering Republicans had just attempted to allow Schumer’s Democrats to do it it by themselves — by pushing the majority to use the reconciliation process, which cannot be filibustered, to raise the debt ceiling. But Democrats refused.
Naturally, the speech perturbed GOP senators. Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) said the speech was “totally out of line,” “inappropriate,” and “tone deaf,” and that Schumer “crossed lines,” Politico reported. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) told CNN’s Manu Raju that it was a “classless speech.”