Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Defends Koch Brothers from Harry Reid ‘Attacks’
For months on end, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been ranting about libertarian political donors David and Charles Koch, but one senator in Reid's own party, Sen. Joe Manchin, has finally had it with the Leader's constant attacks.
Sen. Reid (D-NV) has been droning on about the billionaire brothers who have funded so many center-right causes and organizations, blaming them for destroying the country, for pushing "lies" about Obamacare, and strangely even for somehow blocking aide to Ukraine.
Sen. Manchin (D-WV) is tired of Reid's ridiculous demonizing.
"People want jobs. You don't beat up people. I mean, I don't agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they're Americans, they're doing--paying their taxes," Manchin said on Fox & Friends. "They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs."
"If you're trying to rally the base, the bases have already been rallied. The right and left bases have been rallied," Sen. Manchin said. "It's us in the middle that have to start making something happen here in Washington to move this country forward."
A spokesman for Charles and David Koch approved of Sen. Manchin's words, saying that it was about time someone in the Democrat Party spoke up.
Koch industry spokesman Steve Lombardo told Politico that everyone understands the politics of attacking a political foe, but Reid is taking it too far. "But to be doing it on the floor of the United States Senate repeatedly? It’s about time somebody questioned that," he said.
"It's more than just the fact that Sen. Reid has been attacking private citizens who provide 60,000 U.S. jobs in America, for expressing an opinion they have about public policy," the spokesman stated.
"It's more than that. It's the fact that I do think that the American public at some point is going to start to ask, 'Why is a United States senator spending so much time on things like this--politics--when they should be governing?'" Lombardo continued.
Manchin isn't the only one attacking Reid for his seemingly endless tirades. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough recently insisted that the stream of attacks were "beneath the dignity" of Reid's office.
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