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West Virginia business leaders rally behind Manchin for opposing Biden's Build Back Better
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West Virginian business owners and stakeholders are speaking out in support of Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to Build Back Better and voicing their frustration over what they see as the media’s misrepresentation of their state’s best interests.
Media outlets all over the country have published articles and op-eds blasting Sen. Manchin’s decision to split from his party and vote "no" on President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and rejecting his claim that his decision was informed by what’s best for the people he represents in West Virginia.
An article in the New Yorker quoting a West Virginia Democratic operative positioned the legislator as a member of the "political class" out of touch with the identity of his constituents. The author wrote "The senator’s blockade against programs that have helped his constituents escape poverty makes some question ‘who matters to Joe.’" The writer went on to accuse Manchin of "losing the credibility of his connection to the very place at the heart of his identity."
Others in the community beg to differ and see Manchin’s opposition to the legislation as evidence he’s listening to them over his party leaders.
Steve Roberts, President of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, told Fox News Digital he "fully supports" Sen. Manchin’s position based on the economic impact it will have on local businesses and says the idea broached in the media that the senator’s position is a "betrayal" of his constituents is "ludicrous."
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Roberts, whose nonpartisan organization encompasses local chapters from over 50 counties, says the majority of West Virginians side with him on the issue. Following Manchin’s announcement of his opposition to Build Back Better, Roberts received dozens of emails and phone calls from local business owners supporting the Democrat’s move – some even going so far as to say the senator "should run for president," he said amusingly.
Not all the feedback was positive, though, Roberts recalled soberly. His office received a handful of angry emails from individuals, none of whom actually lived in West Virginia, but all of whom were outraged at Manchin’s declaration and ready to take it out on the entire state.
"One guy called us all ‘knuckle-dragging hillbillies’ and said he’d never drive through our state again," Roberts said. Many of the vitriolic attacks against West Virginians went even further.