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Manchin: Removing Hawley, Cruz From Senate "Should Be A Consideration"

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said removing Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) from the Senate for inciting insurrection should warrant a "consideration" in an interview with 'Firing Line' host Margaret Hoover.

"Would you support, Senator, the removal of Senator Hawley and Senator Cruz, through the 14th amendment Section 3?" Hoover asked.

"Well, they should look, absolutely," Manchin replied. "I mean, basically, that should be a consideration. And he should you know, he understands that, Ted’s a very bright individual and I get along fine with Ted. But what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities."


"They should look at applying Amendment 14, Section 3 for just exactly what you explained and what it says and the reason you might want to give the time period that that was put into place and the reason for that after the civil war," the Senator said.

"Our country is divided as much now as even then," Manchin lamented. "And it's going to be more divided if we don't pull together. And that's why I say give us some time so that people can see the facts."

MARGARET HOOVER, HOST: Let me read you what the 14th Amendment, Section 3 says. “No person shall be a senator or representative in Congress who, having previously taken an oath as a member of Congress to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.” Would you support, Senator, the removal of Senator Hawley and Senator Cruz, through the 14th amendment Section 3?

SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): Well, they should look, absolutely. I mean, basically, that should be a consideration. And he should you know, he understands that, Ted’s a very bright individual and I get along fine with Ted. But what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities. Listen to the conversations that people have had, listen to some of the congress people that are still speaking. You know? Listen, around the country, people in different law, in elected positions, these people should be held accountable, because it's sedition. You know, there was a reason that we went that we went to war. That was a reason that we said, King George, we're not going to live under your present form of government for the United States or for our colonies. And they broke and they gave up everything for that. They didn't basically put a constitution together that swore allegiance to the monarchy or to a dictator or tyrant. And the Republic, basically, the definition of a republic, it's ruled by the people, not by an individual. So they're going to have to make a decision. Is this the government you want? Do you really owe your allegiance to one person, more so than the freedoms that we have, the democracy and all that.

HOOVER: So you think the Senate and the House should look at removing the members, the elected members, who were part of the insurrection?

MANCHIN: They should look at applying Amendment 14, Section 3 for just exactly what you explained and what it says and the reason you might want to give the time period that that was put into place and the reason for that after the civil war. And that's exactly where we are. Our country is divided as much now as even then. And it's going to be more divided if we don't pull together. And that's why I say give us some time so that people can see the facts.
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