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.
Dem Sen. @JoeManchinWV on Beto pledge to confiscate AR15s:
"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. I can tell you one thing: @BetoORourke's not taking my guns away from me. You tell Beto that OK?"
— Lindsay Wise (@lindsaywise) September 18, 2019
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.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 18, 2019
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!”
Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal. Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward! https://t.co/87jvaYUkyn
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
Manchin has called out his Democratic colleagues in Congress before.
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.