After less than a year in office, Joe Biden is already a lame duck president.
And it’s all thanks to one top Democrat who just gutted Biden’s entire agenda.
Now, Biden just watched his entire presidency go up in smoke after suffering this career-ending defeat.
Joe Biden staked his entire presidency on passing the Build Back Better bill, and now, it’s clear that this multi-trillion dollar socialist package will never reach his desk.
And it’s all thanks to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who just announced on Fox News Sunday that he would be opposing Biden’s signature agenda item.
Fox News reports, “Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., declared Sunday that after months of negotiations he has determined that there is no way he can support the massive social spending bill known as the Build Back Better Act.”
“Speaking with ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Manchin said that he has spoken with President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., but could not reach an agreement on the legislation.”
The move effectively brings Democrat negotiations over the Build Back Better bill to a grinding halt, ending over half a year worth of efforts by Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to get Manchin to vote yes on the bill.
Even worse yet for Democrats, it marks the complete collapse of Joe Biden’s Congressional agenda.
Biden staked everything he had on getting this bill passed. It was ultimately supposed to be his crowning achievement and grand political legacy.
Now, he will have nothing to show for the entire first year that he’s been in office.
“I’ve done everything humanly possible,” Manchin said. “When you have these things coming at you the way they are right now … I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation,” he added, before concluding that “This is a no.”
Democrats howled after Manchin announced his opposition to the bill, with Senator Bernie Sanders even going so far as to say that Manchin would have to answer for his opposition to the socialist spending package to his constituents back in West Virginia.
However, considering that West Virginia voted over 2-1 for Donald Trump last year, and that every county in the state voted against Joe Biden, it’s clear that Democrats have absolutely no idea what Manchin’s own constituents want.
Ironically, many outlets from the corporate media have used Manchin’s news as an opportunity to play favorites, blaming Manchin for killing Biden’s agenda while also tilting their coverage to portray him and the 50 Republican Senators who also oppose it as villains.
For Biden himself, the move comes as a stunning betrayal.
Biden was convinced that Manchin would eventually come around to supporting the bill and had been negotiating with the Senator for weeks in order to get him to a position where Manchin would be comfortable voting for it.
Now, those efforts have all been for nothing, wasting months of negotiations that could have gone towards other legislative efforts that are on Biden’s plate.