(National Sentinel)Â Not a RINO: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, facing a tough reelection bid this year, might be considering switching to the Republican Party, according to the governor of his state.
Gov. Jim Justice, once a Democrat who made the switch to the GOP after President Donald J. Trump’s victory, said he’s talked to Manchin about making the jump.
Joe and I had discussions along those lines,â€ Justice toldÂ Fox News‘ “Fox & Friends” program Thursday.
â€œI wish Joe was a Republican to tell you the truth,â€ he said.
â€œBut to just tell it like it is, Joeâ€™s got to do his thing and Iâ€™ve surely got to do mine and the president has got to do his. We need Joeâ€™s vote.
â€œAnd to be perfectly honest, you know, this nation needs to get behind our president in a great way every day,” Justice noted.
For his part, Manchin has been trending more conservative in the past year or so.
He appeared onÂ CNNâ€™s â€œNew Dayâ€ in January saying the country needed to build Trump’s proposedÂ border wall.
He returned toÂ CNN to rebuke House Minority LeaderÂ Nancy Pelosiâ€™sÂ immigration talking points a few days later.
In addition, he also appeared on â€œFox & Friendsâ€ in January andÂ criticized fellow DemocratsÂ for being disrespectful during Trumpâ€™s State of the Union address.
â€œThatâ€™s the way I was raised in West Virginia. We have respect. There is civility still yet,” he said.
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