Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted guilty on both charges against President Donald Trump in the recent impeachment trial, but he now says he's open to supporting him for re-election in November.
"I don't rule anything out. I really don't rule anything out," Manchin told Politico. "I'm always going to be for what's best for my country. Everybody can change. Maybe the president will change, you know? Maybe that uniter will come out, versus the divider."
Trump campaigned hard against Manchin's 2018 re-election but Manchin, a Democrat in a state that's voted Republican in each of the last five presidential elections, came out victorious. He and Trump have had an on-again, off-again relationship ever since.
In recent weeks, Trump has criticized Manchin for his impeachment trial votes, calling him "Joe Munchkin."
Manchin told Politico, "It's not different when [Trump] wanted to have lunch the week after I was elected. And he said: 'I knew we couldn't beat you.' And I said: 'it wasn't for lack of trying.' Boom, it's over, let it go. I did. I'm asking him to do the same thing I did. He tried to remove me."
Some thought Manchin might vote to acquit Trump in the trial, but the GOP-controlled Senate voted along party lines on the obstruction of Congress charge and 52-48 on the abuse of power charge — Sen. Mitt Romney R-Utah, was the lone guilty vote on the right side of the aisle.
Sen. Doug Jones D-Ala., told Politico that Manchin "really struggled" in coming to his decision in the trial.
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