Pressure continues to mount on Sen. Joe Manchin to support Democrats’ signature election overhaul legislation, with one Squad member penning a new op-ed accusing the West Virginia moderate of protecting “Jim Crow” relics.
Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., called out Manchin in an essay titled “The House of Democracy is on Fire. We Must Save It” where he said the senator must make a choice between his long-shot desire for bipartisan compromise and saving democracy.
“By dooming our democracy in the name of bipartisanship, Senator Manchin is betraying both,” Jones wrote, arguing the provisions of the election reform legislation have widespread support outside of the partisan Senate.
Jones, a freshman progressive in the House, criticized Manchin for wanting to protect the filibuster, too, and said by doing so he’s backing discriminatory voting measures.
“We cannot let this Jim Crow relic cement the new Jim Crow,” Jones wrote of the filibuster.
Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., speaks before the Supreme Court on April 15, 2021, on his legislation to expand the Supreme Court.
Despite the outrage from the left and ramped-up outreach from activists, Manchin, D-W.Va., shows no signs of budging on