Jemele Hill, the former ESPN presenter who hosts the “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast, lambasted Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WVa., In a Twitter post on Sunday shortly after the moderate said that he would not support the Democratic bill that would be the biggest overhaul of election law in a generation.
Democrats called the bill essential to protect access to the ballot, but Manchin wrote in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that any “partisan electoral reform will virtually ensure that partisan divisions continue to deepen.” .
Hill retweeted the Associated Press report on Manchin’s stance and wrote that his decision is “so much on the brand for this country.”
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“A record number of black voters are running to save this democracy, only to have white supremacy maintained by a power-hungry, cowardly white dude. @Sen_JoeManchin is a clown,” she tweeted.
The tweet was liked 13,000 times on Sunday evening.
Hill, a writer at The Atlantic, is known for her controversial articles. In July, she said anyone who voted for former President Trump is a “racist.”
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“If you vote for Donald Trump, you are racist,” she posted. “You have no wiggle room.”
Manchin told “Fox News Sunday” that he would vote against his fellow Democrats’ For the People law because it is too partisan.
“This is the wrong bill to bring our country together and unite our country, and I don’t support this because I think it would divide us further. I don’t want to be in a country that is further divided,” a- he declared. said to Fox.
The bill casts a wide net on the voting process, including requiring states to automatically register eligible voters and offer same-day voter registration.
The measure also requires states to offer 15 days of early voting and allows postal voting without excuse, which 14 states are expected to implement. States that already allow it would have to comply with the standards of the bill.
“I think there are a lot of good things in this bill, but there are a lot of things that are fundamentally not directly about voting,” the senator said.
Evie Fordham of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report
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