‘You Tell Beto That, Ok?’: Manchin Slams Fellow Dem O’Rourke for His AR-15 Confiscation Proposal

Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) called out 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) for his mandatory assault weapon buyback proposal.

On Wednesday, it was reported that Manchin — whose state was won by President Donald Trump with nearly 68 percent of the vote — blasted the former Texas congressman for his gun control plan, saying that he was “one human being” with one opinion.

He went on to proclaim that O’Rourke would not be “taking” his firearms.

“Beto’s one human being. He gave his own opinion, OK? I think it was very harmful to make it look like all the Democrats,” Manchin told Lindsay Wise of the Wall Street Journal. “I can tell you one thing: [O’Rourke’s] not taking my guns away from me.”

“You tell Beto that OK?” the West Virginia senator added.

The news elicited a response from Manchin’s fellow Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — who defeated O’Rourke during the 2018 midterm elections. Cruz offered nothing more than a side-eye emoji.

Manchin’s response to O’Rourke’s plan came the same day that the president dubbed the former Texas congressman “Dummy Beto.”

“Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal,” wrote Trump, referencing potential gun control legislation. “Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward!”

Manchin has called out his Democratic colleagues in Congress before.

As IJR previously reported, the West Virginia Democrat torched his fellow Democrats in June for supporting Senator Bernie Sanders‘ (I-Vt.) “Medicare for All” proposal.

He told The Hill that the U.S. cannot afford to pay for some people’s Medicare needs, let alone the entire country’s.

“We can’t even pay for Medicare for some and to go Medicare for All, we can’t take care of those who are depending on it right now,” said Manchin.

What do you think?

15 pledges
Upvote Downvote


newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Phyllis Softa

James, I agree that Beto has not demonstrated the ability to Make America Sane Again.—I judge that on his comments as well as the reaction of Trumpers to him even BEFORE the AR-15 confiscation.—After the debate comments, he appears to illicit even CRAZIER reactions, i.e., Screw’s imaginary plan that Beto would be appearing at his door to personally confiscate his assault rifle and subsequently be shot to death.—Apparently, in the imaginary scenario, Screw saves the 2nd amendment. I am not disqualifying Beto on Screw’s post, but on the # of up votes his post received.

Phyllis Softa

Reality check in Trump World is much needed. In what universe did you imagine that Beto was personally, and without law enforcement as Screw suggests, going to happen??? Make America SANE Again!

Phyllis Softa

Make America SANE Again. Please keep at least one foot in reality at all times. One person calling for ANYTHING does equate to “all D’s” or “all R’s.” One person, who is not even in Congress, calling for something is no indication that it would pass. In 2016 Sanders called for $16 minimum wage, free college and Medicare for All—WHICH of those passed Congress? NONE. Case in point: In rally after rally Trump lead “Lock her up” chants and “Mexico will pay for the wall” chants, “Repeal and Replace Obamacare” chants. Hillary Clinton is free.—Mexico is not paying for the… Read more »


Joe Manchin. Scoring points with his electorate. Good.


Senator Manchin is absolutely correct. Bozo O’Rourke will need to be carried (in a body bag) to the second door he’s wanting to knock on and confiscate ANY caliber weapon. America has the Second Amendment to protect law-abiding citizens from tyrants.





FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden waits to be introduced during the 2019 Presidential Galivants Ferry Stump Meeting in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, U.S. September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Randall Hill/File Photo

In Must-Win South Carolina, Biden Must Seal the Deal With Black Voters

Trump Spreads Lie That Ilhan Omar ‘Partied on the Anniversary of 9/11’