Manchin Addresses Pro-Coal Crowd Hoisting ‘Impeach Obama’ Signs

by Betsy Woodruff

It’s not every day you see a Democratic senator address a crowd bristling with “Impeach Obama” signs. But today on the West Lawn of the Capitol, there was just that. During a pro-coal rally, Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) took the stage to excoriate Washington and praise the coal industry. 

“First of all, I want to apologize,” he started. “I want to apologize for the dysfunction you see here, the dysfunction in Washington.” 

He continued: “There shouldn’t be a man, woman, or child in America that doesn’t say a prayer every night for a coal miner, that give them the life they have today. If it wasn’t for the energy that’s produced by the coal miners of America, we wouldn’t have the greatest nation.”

The attendees — many of whom hoisted pre-printed signs reading “Save America IMPEACH OBAMA,” cheered boisterously throughout the Democrat’s speech. 

Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who also spoke to the crowd, spoke with National Review Online about his take on the signs. 

“I think they’re expressing great frustration with a guy who’s trying to impose an agenda without going through Congress, and it’s part of why we’re in court,” he says. “I mean, we beat the EPA earlier this year in a water case. They were trying to do something new and experimental that they didn’t have info on or need to do, and that seems to be a habit in this administration. But that’s what lawsuits are for.”