CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Flags saying “Don’t tread on me,” signs calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama and honking horns of support greeted those attending Saturday night’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in the Capitol City.

Photo by Shauna Johnson

Passing drivers honked their horns to support the protesters outside of the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday.

Vice President Joe Biden was the featured speaker for the annual state Democratic Party fundraiser which was dedicated, this year, to outgoing U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) who will leave the U.S. Senate next year following 50 years of public service.

Keith Morgan, president of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, said the message of many of the protesters outside of the Charleston Civic Center Saturday, though, was aimed at U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) who introduced Biden during the event.

“We’re protesting Senator Elmer Fudd, also known as Senator Joe Manchin, for pushing for more federal laws that the federal government isn’t enforcing to begin with,” said Morgan.

“We’ve got people with signs with flip flops on them.  I mean, the guy (Manchin) was elected by shooting a rifle at a cap and trade bill to get the gun vote and then he goes to Washington and stabs West Virginia in the back.”

Earlier this year, Manchin was one of the lead sponsors of legislation that would have expanded background check requirements to private guns sales at gun shows and online.  The measure, which failed, was a compromise from an earlier proposal that would have required background checks on all sales between private parties with limited exceptions.

More recently, Manchin has said he’s not going to push for any new gun debate unless there is an increase in support for the effort on Capitol Hill.

Dozens of people were part of Saturday’s protest.

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  • Conservative Professor

    Mr. Manchin, I believe, is the Democrats' Chris Christie -- trying to be all things to all people. If someone tries to be everything to everyone, he/she is nothing to everyone. For heaven's sake, Mr. Manchin, take a stand. Stand on principles -- your state is drowning in Obama regulatory policies. Where are you? Introducing Joe Biden? Is campaign financing so important to you that you diss your own constituents? I guess so. Shame on you, Mr. Manchin.

  • george

    The last 6 years have been horrible for Our Nation.......No jobs, religious freedom attacked, still killing babies, no roads, no respect for the USA, too much inflation, Russia has to bail us out of war, foreign relations have been destroyed.....and West Virginia still ranks near the bottom in almost every category.............yep lets keep putting the Dems back in office................................

  • Independent View

    thornton, your posts always appear with one or two objectives: 1) rail against others who's beliefs do not align with yours, or 2) your complacency is akin to what has caused most of the problems this country is facing, i.e., standing idly by and trusting politicians who believe that THEY know what is best for everyone.
    And, I beg to differ. Although I do not mail checks monthly to the NRA, the are the best defense we have as those Americans who belive in and hold the constitution sacred. Maybe the WV Citizens Defense may seem somewhat radical to you, however, I say, that's what needed. Those such as Bloomburg, Emanuel, Schumer, Feinstein, Boxer, Biden and the "Chosen One," do not hesitate to employ militant tactics, violate or ignore the law, spin lies, use selected quotes from statistical analysis to bolster their Left-Wingnut agenda. So, maybe the WVCDL is just what is needed to thwart the efforts of those attacking the 2nd Amendment.
    @wvu999--Obviously, you are still drinking the "Chosen One's" Koolaid. Put down the crack pipe and as soon as your mind clears, stop calling folks exercising their constitutional rights idiots! And, your concern that those demonstrators were an "embarrassment" with the VP in town??? You've got to be kidding--The VP IS THE REAL EMBARRASSMENT! Biden is a Baffoon in a suit & tie!

    • wvrefugee

      I assume you are a Doomsday Prepper as well???? Lunatic!

      • Charleston,WV

        Wvrefugee: I am confused with your cynicism towards prepping. If I am not mistaken, doesn't our very own Federal Government, aka FEMA indicate on its website that every United States citizen be prepared in case of an emergency? What gives?
        Now mind you, I am not saying you need to take certain extremes that are glamorized on the National Geographic channel, but to not be prepared in case of an emergency situation? I'll take a preppers side on this one.

  • thornton

    Not a Manchin fan but neither am I a fan of these people who strike me most as likely believing in the silly NRA fear mongering.

    Lot of dolts out and about these days defining the issues from extreme perspectives. None of which is helpful to taking steps ahead for the country.

    • Wes

      thornton..Since 1934, those with an agenda have been coming to the table on which rests the ¨cake¨ that is our second amendment rights ...and each time they have said the same thing...In 34 they said ¨give me half your cake and we will all be safer.¨ In 1968 they came back to the table and said.. ¨Lets compromise..Give me just this slice of your cake and we will all be safer¨. In the 80`s they came back for another slice. That strategy has continued to this day so that now we are left with one thin slice of the cake the founders gave us. The founders made it clear that the second is the guardian of all the rest. If standing on what was given to us by men like Madison, Mason, and Jefferson is ¨defining the issues from an extreme perspective¨, then you may definitely add me to your list of extremists.

  • Maynard

    Remember the "Open for Business" mantra the Manchin administration? WV is now $40+ million short of revenue projections and blaming the shortfall on gaming competition in other states. Anyone can order minions to cut budgets; it takes an innovative, intelligent leader to grow a state budget via a diversified economy. Please don't elect this career politician for Governor in 2016.

  • Spell Checker

    Name-calling has replaced meaningful and constructive discussion on the issues, at least on this website.

    It seems to be the accepted norm here. Is that how those with whom we disagree should be treated?

  • Big Deal

    I'm always impressed at the lack of intelligence on this board.

  • Tim C

    Manchin wasn't in the Senate when Obamacare was passed. However, he did support the bill while he was Governor.

  • Joe

    Didn't Manchin bote against Obamacare?! I'm looking for the voting record online.

  • Wowbagger

    Based on their histories both Jefferson and Jackson would be totally disgusted with these progressive BOZOs using their names to fundraise.

    This includes the idiot Biden, Lord Joe Manchin the two faced, Lord Jay the filthy rich, and most all of the attendees!

  • mauldawg

    wvu999 What planet are you from. Joe needs to follow Jay out the door. Joe is nothing more than a puppet for BHO. Neither of them give a damn about America. Joe is a scum bucket of the worse kind. He has lied to the people of WV from day one. He is an example of what is wrong with the goverment.Its to bad that we cant start over again and clean house of all the America hates. One day we will become the next USSR. Where the government runs everything in your life. Who lives who dies, who goes to the Gulags. America is full of sheep that don't care or are to stupid to see what is going on. We had better wake up before its to late.

  • RHytonen

    A "Democrat" MEMBER OF ALEC?

    Manchin is the most Republican senator in Washington.
    And VERY few in America won't admit ALL Republicans/"conservatives" (=corporatists) need to go - and that includes almost ALL calling themselves "Democrats."

    • Jesse's girl

      Joe's degree from WVU is in "Information Management". Guess he was successful with you.

    • Whatamoroon

      Joe is no more Republican than you are American. Tear up you flipping green card and go back to whatever communist country you came from. Corporations pay the most in federal taxes so you and your buddies can sit on your rump all day. Washington would go bankrupt without them idiot.

  • Jason

    Thank You


    R u serious? What VP? He's an idiot just like his boss. Stop drinking the Obama Kool Aid and wake up!

  • wvu999

    The idiots runnith over
    Way to represent the state with the VP in town.

    • jr

      So saying that were fed up with the sad excuse for a senator and the puppet vp is not representing our state well? I think we made the best representation that has came out of here thus far recently. At least were finally being heard over the minority of insecure sheep that havent read, let alone understand the constitution. Good job WVCDL keep up the good work letting our voices be heard

    • RealConservative

      Agreed. Idiots. Why don't they go to school, get a degree, and spend less time hanging out on the side of the road with (misspelled) signs.

      The only thing they do is reinforce the notion that the right, in this state, are out of their minds. They need to go away and it can't be soon enough.

      • i have a degree

        i have a degree. I can also read and think for myself. I was there and I was proud to be there as part of the WVCDL. Your reply is a childish defensive tactic that adds nothing to the discussion.

    • ConservativeRealist

      Oh - so sorry - we forgot, just because the Vice President to a man who has declared war on coal is in town we all must wear our Sunday best, surrender our First Amendment rights, and, heaven forbid, "put on a happy-go-lucky smiley face" for the national media.

    • Wowbagger

      VP? You mean the IDIOT Biden!

      • Fooled_By_Manchin_And_Tennant_Never _Again

        Joe Manchin, stabbing his friends and allies in the back? Say what? Would Joe Manchin really do that in order to get to a higher position, say maybe VP in a Hillary administration? Now you know Manchin always says how honest and moral and upstanding he is. Well...wait a minute...hmm, that is how he gets ahead and got ahead. Okay, so he WOULD do it. Nobody should be surprised that Manchin stabbed gunowners in the back. It's just typical Manchin.