Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has invited Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to join the GOP after the Democrats turned on him for not falling in line with their radical agenda, saying “one of the two parties actually likes you.”
Cruz shared the comments during a Fox News interview at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Texas senator said he recently told Manchin, “Look, one of the two parties actually likes you,” according to the interview.
When asked about the possibility of Manchin switching from a Democrat to the Republican Party, Cruz offered an interesting response.
“A lot of folks ask, ‘Well, gosh, is Manchin going to become a Republican? I hope he does. I’ve asked him to. I think every Republican senator has made that case a dozen times to Joe,” Cruz said.
He added, “I will say I think it’s a tough hill for him to climb. He’s just culturally- he’s a Democrat. He’s been a Democrat his whole life and he’s really the godfather of Democrats in West Virginia. So I get why switching parties, that’s hard. That being said, if they’re nasty enough, the best thing that could happen is they could drive him over to the Republican Party and we would welcome him.”
Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew also suggested that Manchin switch parties – doing the same thing he did as his eyes were opened to the truth about the Democratic party.
Van Drew said on Tuesday that the Democratic Party isn’t what it used to be, and he is happy to have made the switch, welcoming Manchin to do so.
Van Drew said, “The party has changed in so many ways. So for me, and again, parallel examples: It was impeachment, but it was many other things. It was the constant berating of the president, the lack of any bipartisanship, not giving us any information on the Republican side, which bothered me a lot because I don’t think that’s the way government should run.”
“And then the final straw was impeachment, which was not constitutional. It wasn’t being done properly. It was the wrong thing to do, and there was no cause for impeachment period, and I said, I wouldn’t do it. I was not going to vote for it. Just like Joe Manchin said, he’s not going to vote for this bill. And of course, you know, I was pushed and squeezed and pressed because they didn’t like the way that it looked.”
He continued, “And what I was saying before, to me, I’m happy as all to get out. I belong in the Republican Party. It’s a party that… No party is perfect, but does care about America, cares about our future and does not want to make us a socialist, Marxist state.“
“…The changes in this Democratic Party now are so remarkable and not in a good way, literally, and Build Back Better as an example of it. It would literally change the very structure of our nation in many ways. It’s bad stuff. Federalizing elections… All that this new Democratic Party wants to do has nothing to do with the party that used to have Blue Dogs in it, that used to be the big tent, that used to allow people to individually think.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also said last week, according to The Hill, “It would not surprise you to know that I’ve suggested for years it would be a great idea, representing a deep-red state like West Virginia, for him to come over to our side.”
McConnell did not expect Manchin to actually follow through on the party change, however.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he added.
In November, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee also encouraged Manchin to join his party.
“There is still plenty of time. He could still switch parties if he wanted to. I encourage him to do so,” Lee said.
“There’s no reason why he belongs with the party of inflation, why he belongs with the party of lawlessness, why he opted to remain with the party that’s harassing him and intimidating him and belittling him at every turn just so they can fundamentally remake the American economy and American society. Joe Manchin absolutely should leave the Democratic party and I look forward to embracing him when he joins our caucus,” the senator added.
Author: Joey Warner