Sen. Joe Manchin shows dismay during Chuck Schumer’s GOP floor speech

Sen. Joe Manchin couldn’t bear to watch Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s GOP-trashing floor speech on Thursday night — covering his face and eventually walking away during the remarks.

The animated reaction came as Schumer was speaking before the Senate officially extended the government’s borrowing authority—and it was all captured by a CSPAN camera.

“The Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I’m glad their brashness didn’t work out,” Schumer began his remarks, with Munchkin sitting behind him looking at the camera.

As Schumer laid the blame on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP senators, Manchin appeared first to shake his head and then pressed his hands to his face in despair.

“[Senate Minority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell and Senate Republicans have insisted they want a solution to the debt limit – but said Democrats should raise it alone, going through a drawn-out, complicated and risky reconciliation process,” Schumer said.

Joe Manchin shook his head after Chuck Schumer spoke and then pressed his palms to his face.
Joe Manchin shook his head then pressed his palms to his face as Chuck Schumer voiced his GOP floor speech.
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Less than a minute later, as Schumer continued to aim McConnell, Munchkin was seen walking away.

Later, outside the chamber, Munchkin denounced the speech.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate at the moment,” Manchin told reporters.

“We have to remove the arms. You can’t do politics. Neither of us can — either side,” Munchkin said. “Civilization is gone.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was blasted by Chuck Schumer in his GOP speech, as Munchkin was seen shaking his head in the moment.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was blasted by Chuck Schumer in his GOP speech, as Munchkin was seen shaking his head at the moment.
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No Republicans voted to approve the actual legislation raising the debt limit, but the party-line, 50-48 vote was a foregone conclusion when 11 GOPers voted to end the debate minutes before the measure.

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