Video of Joe Manchin With Head in Hands During Chuck Schumer Speech Goes Viral

Video of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) holding his head in his hands while listening to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) give a speech about the debt limit has garnered more than 100,000 views on Twitter.

Schumer delivered a speech from the Senate floor on Thursday that was highly critical of Republicans and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) following a near last-minute deal to raise the debt ceiling and avert a potential U.S. default.

Though it was not immediately clear if Manchin's gesture was a sign of fatigue or an indication of displeasure with Schumer's remarks, the West Virginia senator later criticized the speech in remarks to reporters.

In the video, Manchin can be seen speaking to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) as Schumer delivers his speech.

Schumer said: "Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans insisted they wanted a solution to the debt ceiling—but said Democrats must raise it alone by going through a drawn out, convoluted, and risky reconciliation process."

At that point, Manchin placed his hands over his face and appeared to rub his eyes before bringing his hands away from his face.

A video of the moment posted to Twitter had been viewed 100,000 times as of early Friday morning. Manchin walked away from his seat about a minute after he had placed his hands on his face. He was reportedly seen speaking to Schumer at his desk after the speech.

Schumer took aim at Republicans over the debt ceiling in comments that both Manchin and some GOP senators criticized.

"Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work," Schumer said after 11 Republicans joined Democrats to end debate on a short-term rise in the debt limit.

"For the good of America's families, for the good of our economy, Republicans must recognize in the future that they should approach fixing the debt limit in a bipartisan way," he said.

Manchin spoke to CNN chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju outside the Senate chamber on Thursday and criticized Schumer's speech.

"I didn't think it was appropriate at this time," Manchin said.

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"I just think that basically what we've got to do is find a pathway forward, to make sure that we deweaponize. We have to deweaponize. You can't be playing politics. None of us can—on both sides," he said.

Manchin was asked about Republicans who said Schumer's speech was counterproductive and said: "On both sides. I'm just saying [...] civility is gone, OK? And I'm not going to be part of getting rid of that but I'm gonna try to bring it back."

Several Republican senators also criticized Schumer's floor speech, with Republican whip Senator John Thune (R-SD) saying he spoke to Schumer about the matter. Thune was one of 11 GOP senators who voted for the debt ceiling extension.

"I thought it was totally out of line. I just thought it was an incredibly partisan speech after we had just helped him solve a problem," Thune said. "I let him have it."

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) also spoke to Schumer about the speech and told reporters on Thursday "there's a time to be graceful and there's a time to be combative, and that was a time for grace."

UPDATE 10/08/21 7:35 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include a new image.

Manchin Holds His Head While Schumer Speaks
In this screengrab from C-SPAN, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) holds his face in his hands during a speech by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. C-SPAN/Screengrab