Sanders Accuses Manchin of ‘Intentionally Sabotaging’ Biden’s Agenda by Opposing Build Back Better

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, lashed out at Senator Joe Manchin on Sunday for sinking the Democratic-led climate and tax bill that the party had been negotiating for weeks. 

He told ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz that Manchin was "sabotaging" President Joe Biden's agenda 

And when Raddatz said that Manchin had "abruptly" ended talks with Democratic leaders about the bill, he became visibly animated. 

When Raddatz began to say, "Senator Joe Manchin, of course, abruptly pulled the plug this week on the Democratic plan," Sanders cut him off. 

"He didn't abruptly do anything," Sanders said. "He has sabotaged the president's agenda." 

Sanders then launched an attack on Manchin's political fundraising, highlighting his ties to the energy industry (which has tremendous sway in West Virginia) and Republican donors. 

"This is a guy who is a major recipient of fossil fuel money … a guy who has received campaign contributions from 25 Republican billionaires," he said.