Politifact tested Patrick Morrisey’s (R) claim that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has a D-rating from the NRA and suggested it is only “mostly true” to point out the low grade.
They reached this conclusion because Manchin had a higher grade over a decade ago. In so doing they missed Morrisey’s point, which is that Manchin has been “abandoned” by the NRA because of his embrace of gun control in recent years.
Joe Manchin has a "D" rating from the NRA, and fought alongside Obama and Schumer for anti-gun legislation. Lying liberal Joe abandoned our Second Amendment values and disrespected West Virginia gun owners. #WVsen pic.twitter.com/jvmf9IOJV4
— AG Patrick Morrisey (@MorriseyWV) September 7, 2018
On September 28 Breitbart News reported that Manchin came into office via a 2010 special election in which he campaigned as defender of West Virginia gun rights. However, once in office, he quickly became one of the Democrats’ staunchest gun control proponents and, following the December 14, 2012, attack on Sandy Hook Elementary, he garnered enough favor with Barack Obama that PBS reported he was chosen as gun control point man for Obama’s White House.
On January 7, 2015, Breitbart News reported that Manchin actually believed the NRA would support his post-Sandy Hook gun control push. Instead, they ended any and all contact with with him regarding the gun control bill and went on the offensive against Manchin for trampling his own pro-gun campaign promises. Then they ran a commercial showing candidate Joe Manchin promising to protect Second Amendment rights, followed by an NRA narrator saying, “That was Joe Manchin’s commitment. But now Manchin is working with President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Concerned? You should be.”
Manchin’s NRA grade plummeted as a result and Morrisey correctly noted that Manchin currently gets a D-rating from the gun rights group.
But Politifact notes that Manchin got an A+ from the NRA in 2004 followed by an A in 2010, when he promised he would be pro-gun if elected to the Senate. Manchin did not keep that promise, yet Politifact suggests Morrisey’s claim that Manchin has a D-rating is only “mostly true” because he had a much higher grade 14 years ago.
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