Joseph Manchin is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from West Virginia, a seat he has held since 2010. A member of the Democratic Party, he also served as the 34th Governor of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010 and the 27th Secretary of State of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005.
Manchin has been known throughout his career to be a moderate Democrat, a fact which has allowed him to hold office in West Virginia even as the state shifted from one of the most heavily Democratic in the country to one of the most heavily Republican.He won by a large margin the West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2004 and reelected with an even larger margin in 2008, even though in both years Republican presidential candidates captured the majority of West Virginia’s votes. He won the special election in November 2010 to fill the seat of Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving U.S. Senator in history, who died in office. Manchin was elected to a full term in office with 60 percent of the vote in November 2012. Manchin became the state’s senior U.S. Senator when Jay Rockefeller retired in 2015.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday morning that Democrats were wrong to sit sullenly for most of President Trump’s State of the Union address, and said that mild protest showed a lack of respect to the presidency.
“I was very, very upset when I saw the Republicans never, ever stood up with Barack Obama, and there was things I didn’t agree about President Obama in his speech,” he said on MSNBC.
“But I was taught in West Virginia there’s a little bit of respect, and you should show that. And I did that then, and I did it last night,” he added.
“I think the Democrats were wrong in not showing respect,” Manchin said. “That’s just me.”
Manchin has been known to support Trump’s efforts to support coal, and is seen as a Democrat who can be swayed on some issues. But he also it’s the “wrong idea” for Trump to approve the release of a Republican memo that purportedly outlines surveillance abuses by the FBI.
Check out this hilarious clip from last night’s State of the Union featuring Democrat Senator Joe Manchin not knowing if he’s allowed to stand for a part of Trump’s speech that he agreed with:
— Charlie Cafazza (@Cafazza) January 31, 2018