Rep. Bowman calls Manchin ‘the new Mitch McConnell’

The remarks from Bowman — a progressive freshman lawmaker who in 2020 displaced then-Rep. Eliot Engel, a more moderate 16-term incumbent — come after Manchin on Sunday authored an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail announcing he would not back the election reform bill.

In a subsequent appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Manchin described the so-called For the People Act as “the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country together and unite our country,” saying it “would divide us further” as a nation.

Bowman rejected that premise on Monday, asserting that Manchin “is not pushing us closer to bipartisanship. He is doing the work of the Republican Party by being an obstructionist, just like they’ve been since the beginning of Biden’s presidency.”

Bowman’s comparison between Manchin and McConnell referred to the Senate minority leader’s comment to reporters in Kentucky last month that “100 percent of [Republicans’] focus is on stopping this new administration.”

The statement was reminiscent of another McConnell quote from 2010, when he told the National Journal that “the single most important thing [Republicans] want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”