Joe Manchin’s Maserati surrounded by protesters
Joe Manchin, West Virginia senator and apparent part-time mascot of the well-heeled but ignorant American political class, was spotted driving his silver Maserati through a crowd of angry climate protesters on Thursday – another escalation in the life of the politician ongoing quarrel with non-corporate America.
Young climate activists from the movement of the sunrise, the grassroots group dedicated to the fight against climate change, invaded the Washington DC parking lot where Manchin’s car was parked, after following the senator from his barge or yacht, as you want to call it-where he stays sometimes.
Manchin, who is ostensibly a Democrat, has had a lot of trouble with the climate community lately because he’s one of the biggest obstacles to including any sort of moderately progressive environmental policy in Joe Biden’s project. Rebuild better—The infrastructure bill currently being negotiated in Congress.
Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and founder of a West Virginia coal company, Manchin a would have sought veto any policy that would harm his state’s energy industry and, therefore, his chances of being re-elected. For the most part, that has meant reflexively blocking the kinds of provisions climate activists want to include on the president’s agenda, including those devoted to cutting methane and Clean energy performance program, which would attempt to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Manchin, as well as Democratic obstructionist Kirsten Sinema, who practices denim, have largely helped keep negotiations over Biden’s infrastructure bill have stalled, threatening Democrats’ unique opportunity to pass significant political reforms.
Thursday’s clash, which was captured on TikTok and widely shared via social media, shows Manchin being yelled at as protesters obstruct the path to his car. “PASS THE BILLS ON CLIMATE CHANGE!” Bleats an angry activist, as the millionaire poses on the horn in his gas-guzzling luxury vehicle. Other protesters can be seen sprawled out on the hood of the car, unnecessarily waving handmade signs at the senator, as if to cast an incantation that will evoke the missing moral ingredient that makes him not care.
Eventually, the protesters dropped their more ambitious message and simply pivoted towards shouting “Fuck Joe Manchin”, a sentiment they repeated until his brilliant Italian sports car slipped out of sight. You can also enjoy this whole little episode:
This is not the first time that Manchin’s deafness has raised his head to laugh. Barely a month ago, the senator was assaulted by a similar group of environmental activists. Fittingly, he ended up giving a hilarious speech on the evils of income inequality while standing on board the deck of his yacht. Suffice it to say, for lack of some sort of epiphanic Ebenezer-Scrooge-on-Christmas-morning moment, Manchin is unlikely to change his ways. The least he can do is hire a new public relations team to make sure activists don’t continue to catch him as he roams the traps of his opulent lifestyle.
We have reached out to his office to comment on this incident and will update this story if he responds in any way.