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.
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.”
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.