Joe Manchin makes sudden announcement that left Democrats panicking

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Senator Manchin (D-WV) has been waging a not-so-silent war against his own party. Now it’s all come to a head.

And Joe Manchin made a sudden announcement that left Democrats panicking.

Today’s Democrat Party is not your grandpa’s Democrat Party.

Democrats used to be nothing more than bleeding hearts that wanted to use taxpayer dollars to play the part of philanthropists.

Food stamps and welfare were their bread and butter.

But now they’ve been hyper-focused on shoving their twisted cultural, social, and political worldview on average, everyday Americans.

And when anyone dares to speak up, they’re shouted down as “racist,” “fascist,” or any other name they can conjure up as a scare tactic.

But that isn’t sitting well with some of the highest-profile Democrats in the party.

Sen. Joe Manchin announced Thursday that he is “thinking seriously” about leaving the Democratic Party and registering as an independent.

“I’m thinking seriously. For me, I have to have peace of mind. The brand has become so bad. The ‘D’ brand and ‘R’ brand,” Manchin (D-WV) told Mountain State radio host Hoppy Kercheval. “You’ve heard me say a million times, I am not a Washington Democrat.”

Manchin, 75, has been at odds with President Biden over energy policy in recent months, accusing him of “ignoring” provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that he co-sponsored and helped pass.

The senator also vowed to obstruct nominees for the Environmental Protection Agency to protest Biden’s “radical climate agenda” in response to a proposal to substantially reduce emissions, which he claimed would jeopardize the US electric infrastructure.

Manchin, who is up for re-election in 2024, said Thursday he “been thinking about that for quite some time” and wants to “make sure that my voice is truly an independent voice,” but has not “made any decisions” yet.

“When I get ready to make a decision, I’ll come see you,” he told Kercheval.

Manchin has yet to decide whether he would compete for a third full six-year term in the Senate, but he headlined a New Hampshire town hall event last month as talk swirled about a possible third-party presidential run.

“I’ve never been in any race I’ve ever spoiled. I’ve been in races to win, and if I get in a race I’m going to win,” Manchin said during a panel discussion with former Utah Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman, according to Roll Call.

When asked if he had considered the optics of attending the event in an early-voting state on Thursday, Manchin declined.

“I think people are putting the cart ahead of the horse. We’re here to make sure that the American people have an option. And the option is, can you move the political parties off their respective sides?” he said. “They’ve gone too far right and too far left.”

After promising an “insurance plan” to put together a 2024 Unity ticket opposing both President Biden and former President Donald Trump, the bipartisan group No Labels organized the New Hampshire gathering.

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