Sunday, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) scolded Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for his opposition to eliminating the filibuster in the Senate.
Manchin asserted in a recent op-ed that the filibuster has been “critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past,” which Jones described as “intellectually un-serious.” The freshman Democratic lawmaker from New York declared that Manchin “would rather preserve Jim Crow on some outdated theory of bipartisanship” that no longer exists.
“I read that op-ed this morning by Senator Manchin. And I just — I don’t know where to begin,” Jones told Ali Velshi, host of MSNBC’s “Velshi.” “It is in the first case intellectually un-serious. I mean, this is someone who talks about how we need to pivot to what he describes as bipartisan, which means he only has one Republican in the Senate who will join him, John Lewis Voting Rights Act. But Marc Elias just presented it