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‘What on Earth Are You Thinking?!' Chris Hayes Dumbfounded by Moderate Senate Dems' Demand to Shrink Covid Relief Eligibility

Added 03-03-21 10:34:02pm EST - “'What on Earth are you thinking?!' Chris Hayes dumbfounded by moderate Dem Senators Joe Manchin, Jeanne Shaheen demanding to shrink Covid relief eligibility.” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Chris Hayes Blasts Moderate Dems Shrinking Covid Relief”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes unleashed a long rant at moderate Senate Democrats for committing the equivalent of a political own-goal, for demanding the Biden administration pare back who would be eligible to receive Covid relief.

During his Tuesday night show, the liberal host offered a lengthy reaction to the news that the White House had agreed to a compromise with Senators Joe Manchin (WV), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) that would lower the income cutoffs of those who could qualify for direct payments in the American Rescue Plan.

“Why on Earth would you take steps to make it less effective and less popular?!” a confounded Hayes began. “And yet today that is exactly what senate Democrats were insisting on.”

“Cut Joe Manchin a ton of slack, alright. The guy got re-elected in West Virginia, the Trumpiest state in the union,” Hayes conceded about the moderate Democrats precarious political position. “But explain this one to me? It’s not even like there’s some obvious, lobbyist reason, like the big donors don’t want this to happen. There’s not a political reason. This is not some fraught issue like abortion or guns. There’s no group out there that is single-mindedly focused on making sure that people who make $85,000 a year don’t get a check during the pandemic. Who cares?! Who’s opposing that?!”

Hayes then pointed out the inroads Democrats made during the last election among college-educated voters in suburbs, who might just fall outside the newly-lowered Covid relief cutoffs.

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