Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), one of the most moderate Democratic senators in office, said hes not ruling out endorsing Republican President Donald Trump for reelection even though he voted to convict Trump in the recent impeachment trial.
Trump was acquitted by the Republican-held Senate on Feb. 5 and remains in office.
Manchin regularly votes with Trump. But he voted for both articles of impeachment. “The evidence presented by the House Managers, including video testimony of witnesses under oath in the House of Representatives, clearly supports the charges brought against the President in the articles of impeachment,” Manchin said in a statement before the vote.
Asked if hed support Trumps reelection campaign, Manchin said he wouldnt say no.
“I dont rule anything out. I really dont rule anything out,” Manchin told Politico. “Im always going to be for whats best for my country. Everybody can change. Maybe the president will change, you know? Maybe that uniter will come out, versus the divider.”
Manchin said he got over Trump working to defeat him in the 2018 election and wants the president to do the same.
“Its not different when he wanted to have lunch the week after I was elected. And he said: I knew we couldnt beat you. And I said, It wasnt for lack of trying. Boom, its over, let it go. I did. Im asking him to do the same thing I did,” Manchin said. “He tried to remove me.”
Manchin, who said hes going to hold town halls to explain to West Virginians his decision to vote to convict, drew Trumps ire for his votes to convict.
Trump wrote on Twitter that people in West Virginia “are really mad” at Manchin, whom he referred to as “Senator Joe Munchkin.”
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