Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has gotten progressives and leftist lawmakers highly agitated since announcing last weekend that he will not vote in favor of Joe Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” spending bill. In addition to attacking Manchin personally, many of them have demeaned his West Virginia constituents and the Constitutional structure of the Senate.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is never one to be left out of whatever the Democrat herd is doing, and she told MSNBC this week that she represents as many or more people than Manchin does in Washington.
Manchin told Fox News Sunday host Bret Baier that he could not vote for a bill that he “can’t explain to the people of West Virginia.” He added that although he “tried everything humanly possible,” he will not get to a position supporting the Build Back Better bill.
AOC used an appearance on “Morning Joe” on Monday to take some shots at Manchin. She said that Manchin’s claim that he cannot explain the bill to his constituents is a “farce.” She said that she knew that to be true because she represents many Manchin people.
The reality is that in representing New York’s 14th Congressional District, AOC works for just under 697,000 people, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The district is entirely contained inside New York City and covers parts of the Bronx and Queens.
Meanwhile, as a senator, Manchin represents the entire state of West Virginia, with almost 1,794,000 residents according to last year’s census. The state covers just over 24,000 square miles and is the 41st ranked U.S. state in size.
Manchin received over 290,000 votes in his last election in 2018, while AOC received around 152,000 votes in her previous election in 2020.
AOC also attacked the Senate’s filibuster rule, which requires at least 60 votes from the 100 senators to advance most types of ordinary legislation. She said that the Senate is “fundamentally undemocratic” because of that rule and the nature of representation in the Senate, which gives two seats to every state.
She said that the Senate needs a “crackdown” that could put into place some “institutional discipline.”