CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Minutes after securing reelection Tuesday night, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin took a resentment against President Donald Trump, blasting him for the failure of his Republican challenger, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, an ardent White House ally.
Manchin barbed the President of the Board of Directors in the Netherlands.
"Let me say that I never expected that this race would be the national race it turned out to be," Manchin said in his victory speech. "I never expected President, sending Vice President Pence, sending his family, time after time, and you standing tall.
"What you said, what West Virginia said, loud and clear tonight:" Mr. President, we are our senator, not your senator, "" Manchin added.
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The incumbent Democrat also condemned "toxic rhetoric" and demanded Trump play a more unifying role.
"When I raise my hand and swear to God for the Constitution, that's for everybody, and we've got to stop this rhetoric that is going on in this country – we've got to stop this toxic rhetoric "he said. "We've got to bring people together Mr. President, I want you to be president of the United States, not the divided states."
After his speech, Manchin told Business Insider that "no one ever won in a state where the president had a 42-point spread," repeating his claim that voters rejected Trump's choice of candidate.
But Manchin said he was not worried that he would be backed up by the president, who often lashes out at all his status as a GOP kingmaker.
"I'm not angry because he came here so many times," Manchin said of Trump's repeated visits to West Virginia to stump for Morrisey. "Why should he be angry that I'm telling the truth?" "I do not think so."
Manchin had previously railed against Vice President Mike Pence for West Virginia, describing him as a "junkyard dog" doing Trump's bidding.
"I know Mike Pence, and he's just, I guess, doing his job," Manchin said. "He's a junkyard dog right now, I guess he has to go out and do it."
Manchin was the only way to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee prompted.
In contrast, Morrisey ran on the premise that he would be Trump's greatest ally in the Senate, labeling the final leg of his campaign tour as the "Stand with Trump Tour."
"Everyone who follows the race knows I'm the conservative fire who's going to advance the Trump jobs agenda, and Joe Manchin's dishonest Washington's liberal who's going to empower the 'impeach, obstruct, and resist' circus in DC," Morrisey told Business Insider in an October interview in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Trump campaigned for Morrisey days before the election at a large rally in Huntington, while his son Donald Trump Jr. stumped for the Republican several times in the final weeks of the cycle.
But, as Manchin said, it was simply not enough.