Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia praised President Donald Trump’s State of The Union speech Wednesday morning and said Democrats who refused to stand were “disrespectful.”
Manchin told “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade it was common courtesy to stand for Trump as a Democrat.
“That’s the way I was raised in West Virginia. We have respect. There is civility still yet. There should be civility in this place,” he said. “That’s disrespectful. Last night was disrespectful.”
Manchin, who is up for re-election in November, said he stayed behind to thank Trump for highlighting vital issues like opioid addiction and coal production.
“I stood there and shook his hand and thanked him. Because he talked about coal. We’re going to do coal research and development. Opioid addiction. I need that. Infrastructure,” Manchin said. “I never saw a pothole that belonged to a Democrat or Republican. We both get blamed for that one. We got to fix this stuff.”
Manchin also touched on the new tax law he did not vote for, but said he hopes it turns out to be a success.
“I did not vote for the tax bill. I tried everything I could. I worked with them. And I had some concerns about the debt that we’re incurring,” he concluded. “I know it jump started, I think it’s going to be good — I’m hoping I’m wrong.”
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