President Joe Biden appeared indifferent on Monday after leftist protesters used aggressive tactics to confront moderate Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).
Leftists are furious after both moderate senators voiced their opposition to his multitrillion social entitlement agenda. Protesters in kayaks confronted Manchin at his houseboat in Washington, DC, last week.
Sinema was confronted by leftist protesters in the bathroom over the weekend.
Biden was asked by a reporter if he believed the tactics used by the protesters were appropriate.
“I don’t think they are appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody,” Biden replied.
He noted that as president, he was protected by the Secret Service but members of Congress were not.
“The only people it doesn’t happen to are people who have Secret Service standing around them,” he said. “It’s part of the process.”
Biden repeated that Sinema and Manchin were the only two Democrats in the Senate standing in the way of his agenda.
“Two. Two people,” he said. “That’s still underway.”
The president said he had already won approval for his agenda from the majority of his party but faced the struggle of having only slim margins in the Senate.
“I don’t think there’s been a president who’s been able to close deals that’s been in a position where he only has 50 votes in the senate and a bare majority in the House,” he said.
He promised to pass his agenda, despite the ongoing roadblocks in the Senate.
“I need 50 votes in the Senate. I have 48,” he said.