Donald Trump stormed US Senator Joe Manchin during his speech from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, vowing to crack down on the West Virginia Democrat, who claimed he was “destroying” the state by signing the Democrats and climate budget. Deal.
“I’m going to go and campaign against him as hard as anyone can,” Trump said, drawing one of the biggest rounds of applause that night.
The former president also claimed that Manchin, who was not ready for re-election until 2025, had promised not to vote against him during the impeachment process.
“I will never vote against you, you are a great president,” Trump recounted the senator.
Manchin has voted against Trump during each of his impeachment proceedings.
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Trump has also chased after another moderate who was seen as a potential obstacle to the Democrats’ social spending package, Kirsten Sinema. In his speech, he hinted that he might attack her in her homeland as well.
What happened to Mansion and Cinema? Mr. Trump said. “What happened? We are trying to figure out what the hell happened. Where did this new philosophy suddenly come from?”
But the former president didn’t just attack Democrats.
He also harshly criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling him an “old broken raven” who was “taken for a ride” by Democrats as they passed a bipartisan infrastructure deal in 2021.
Trump says he warned the Senate leader that Democrats will continue to pursue more social spending and tax increases, even though parts of the Democrats’ so-called ‘building back better’ agenda have been omitted from the infrastructure deal so it can be passed.
“McConnell is the most unpopular politician in the country, even more so than crazy Nancy Pelosi,” Trump said. “Something has to be done. He raises big campaign contributions to senators. This is how he keeps his power.”
During his address at the CPAC, Mr. Trump also celebrated the results of an opinion poll conducted at the convention, which showed him as the frontrunner for the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination among those present.
“I better win this poll,” he said with a laugh, describing when he learned of the results.
“When you see these numbers, there’s a lot of loneliness, not just in the CPAC, but in the Republican Party.”