At one point it looked like Jaime Harrison might take out Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. But in the long run, Graham kept his seat and now Harrison serves the Democrats as chairman of the DNC.
During a Sunday appearance on MSNBC, Harrison was asked about Joe Manchin’s lack of support for the For The People Act. He blamed the West Virginia Democrats for using his voice to make Mitch McConnell more powerful.
The DNC chairman said to Alex Witt: “[I’m] very disappointed with Senator Manchin’s decision. I know he wants to protect democracy, but there will be no democracy unless we protect the right to vote for all Americans. [It] is not a problem for both sides. “
Harrison continued: “I think when he goes home and talks to people, all people believe that all Americans should have the right to vote. “
The South Carolina Democrat concluded his comments:
“We can’t just leave it to the whims of Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz to do the right thing. I’m so sorry. Mitch McConnell has already said that he doesn’t want Joe Biden to accomplish anything. This is not about Joe Biden. This is about the American people. And we need people to stand up. You did not do the right thing with the Commission. Why the hell do they think they are going to do the right thing about people’s voting rights if it gets in the way of taking power? “
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison explains why he's disappointed in Senator Joe Manchin. pic.twitter.com/eXw7hPEmWk
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Some people have spoken time and again about how important it is to them that laws are passed across party lines. However, this is an issue that Republicans have completely refused to compromise on.
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