Fox News anchor loses when Manchin questions her patriotism

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Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner lost it briefly during a controversial interview with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Tuesday, strongly disagreeing with the centrist senator who asked her if she’s worried the Democrats are doing “something good” for America.

“My father served,” an enraged Faulkner at one point fired back at Manchin, demanding that the West Virginia legislature not make it “personal.”

With Manchin take a media victory lap after finally closing a deal with Senate Leader Chuck Schumer to approve parts of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, Fox News quickly turned around on their favorite Democrat. After months of praising him for fueling Biden’s Build Back Better legislation, the network’s “disappointed” hosts and commentators have complained about Manchin’s “betrayal”.

Appear on The Faulkner Focus to explain his support for the newly named Inflation Reduction Act, Manchin parried most of Faulkner’s pointed questions about the bill’s tax structure, spending and energy investment. For the most part, Manchin continued his appeal to the patriotism of both the network’s anchor and viewers.

“We need more energy today, so we also need to invest in the energy for the future,” Manchin said at the beginning of the interview. “This is a balanced approach that everyone has been talking about. Everyone is upset for some reason because they are afraid it is a political bill. It is not a democratic bill. Not a Republican bill. It’s not a green deal. This is a red, white and blue deal, Harris.’

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Manchin also pushed back when Faulkner echoed Republican Claims that the new legislation would raise taxes for middle-class Americans, noting that large corporations are only required to pay a minimum tax rate of 15 percent.

“Who pays taxes that doesn’t have a company with a turnover of more than a billion dollars a year? Not one person,” the West Virginia senator replied.

“I’m asking you a different question than you answer. I’m saying Americans are taxed $400,000 and below now. Their taxes will go up,” Faulkner replied.

“That’s wrong,” Manchin replied. “That’s a lie. A pure, outright lie.”

The conversation only got more tense when Manchin taunted the Fox News host, at one point urging her to “be optimistic” and “be an American” when she said experts predict US gas prices will rise around Labor Day. .

Finally, Faulkner brought up Manchin’s non-response when he was recently grilled by Meet the press moderator Chuck Todd on whether he wanted the Democrats to stay in power after this year’s midterms. Manchin insisted he was not dodging the question, instead saying that he is only focused on getting his deal and that he is not concerned about political races.

Faulkner, however, continued to press on the issue, raising the issue of Biden’s low approval numbers while declaring that “elections will need some help” for Democrats.

“Harris, are you afraid we’re going to do something good that will help our country?” Manchin shot back, prompting the Fox anchor to become apoplectic.

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“Of course not! My father served!” shouted Faulkner.

“Well, that sounds like you are,” Manchin interrupted calmly.

“Are you kidding? Service is in the Bible!” Faulkner continued, “That’s what we do, we serve our fellow man and woman. Of course! Don’t make this personal, because it isn’t.”

After that heated moment, Faulkner pushed Manchin on the low clearance ratings again.

“I work with what I have here in the majority party that we have as a Democratic Party. I am working with the President, who has accepted the proposal I submitted and negotiated,” Manchin said. “Balanced energy policy. It’s great for our country. I know people who don’t like the president and don’t like the Democrats are angry. It’s not about whether you love the president or the Democrats. Do you like America? Do you want to fight inflation? This bill does it.”

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