Telling Fox News that Trump has a right to declare a state of emergency and build his wall
From Real Clear Politics and Fox News:
On Fox News, Senator Joe Manchin stressed the importance of ending the government shutdown. Manchin said he would support President Trump's state of emergency and proposed wall funding in exchange for immigration vote.
MANCHIN: Over the years Congress has giving away a lot of authority to the Executive Branch. So if that's wrong then we ought to take it back, but if the President declares a state of emergency he has a right to do that. It will probably go to the courts and be contested. If that gets us out of a shutdown then so be it, I want to get out of this shutdown.
Giving advice to Elizabeth Warren on CNN
Channeling Mike Myer, Senator Manchin tells newly-announced Democratic presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren to come to West Virginia to "see people who really get up and work hard and don’t ask for anything.”
(Note -- people don't work hard in Massachusetts. Apparently, such attributes are only found in West Virginia.)
Refusing to admit on MSNBC that the president is lying
Earlier today, Senator Manchin was on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." In a discussion about Trump's border wall, Willie Geist asked the senator if he thought the president was lying:
“Senator, is the president lying to justify this wall?”
“Oh,” Manchin said, giggling. “I guess everyone has a right to — if he believes it. I’m sure if he believes-”
“But as you say it’s a fact and it’s not true,” the co-host said. “So is he lying?”
“If it’s a fact, it’s not true,” Manchin said. “And if you’re not telling the truth, then you have to be lying, okay? But the bottom line is, if he believes it in his heart and soul, until he finds someone that verifies or validates what he’s saying. But we’ve got to work off the same set of facts. And the facts right now are not verifying what’s being said, and the president, what he’s calling, as far as the national emergency.”
Joe, you won't be running again until 2024 -- you can admit the obvious. (Mediate has the video.)