There is never a time that we know of that Jemele Hill, now a contributing writer for The Atlantic and host of Spotify’s podcast, “Jemele Hill is Unbothered,” has held back for the sake of being politically correct.
So, it should come as no surprise that she called Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a “power-hungry White dude” after he announced that he would be opposing a voting rights bill pushed by his own party.
After reports of Manchin’s decision hit the airwaves, Hill went to Twitter to voice her disappointment, labeling him “a clown.”
This is so on brand for this country. Record number of black voters show up to save this democracy, only for white supremacy to be upheld by a cowardly, power-hungry white dude. @Sen_JoeManchin is a clown. https://t.co/fCMuyoLer3
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 6, 2021
Manchin defended his position Sunday saying that he is not willing to change Senate rules to help Democrats push through much of President Joe Biden’s agenda.
“I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act. Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster,” Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, wrote in an op-ed published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) compared Manchin to Mitch McConnell and added Manchin is trying to thwart the Democratic agenda.
“Joe Manchin has become the new Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell during Obama’s presidency said he would do everything in his power to stop [Obama],” Bowman told CNN’s John Berman. “He’s also repeated that now during the Biden presidency by saying he would do everything in his power to stop President Biden, and now Joe Manchin is doing everything in his power to stop democracy and to stop our work for the people, the work that the people sent us here to do.
Hill did receive many responses from Twitter users regarding her opinion of the Democratic politician.
The current laws keep him relevant. That is what he is voting for. That is all he cares about.
If the federal law is not passed, and all the suppression laws pass as written, there is no more democracy. There is only vote R, or your vote will not be counted…
— Paul Smith (@paul_mic_smith) June 6, 2021
Vote him out. We need younger and more progressive candidates.
— cobra kai (@optavia4life) June 7, 2021
His decision makes no sense. You vote your conscience not your political calculation. If it is a close vote it is a close vote, and the Republicans want to obstruct everything. Question is, why is he helping them?
— virginia burke (@giaburke) June 6, 2021
This is sad and the reason why folks are so disillusioned with the political parties and system. Joe Manchin needs to leave the party if he’s not here to save democracy.
— Author KN (@SweetestTaboo10) June 6, 2021
Senator Manchin is more interested in saving his Senate seat by appeasing MAGA than doing the right thing. History teaches us that appeasement leads to calamity.
— Oscar™ (@realOsMos3) June 6, 2021
No one person should have the power to affect the whole country & go against the wishes of the majority of The People! That’s BS! Did he forget he represents the ppl? We don’t care what he personally wants, it’s about what his constituents want, we need to remind him & others.
— Josseline (@Jossfjh) June 8, 2021