CNN’s Jim Acosta Pushing Democrats in Senate to Ditch Filibuster, Claiming that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Would If He Could – But Host Forgets Vital Detail

CNN’s Jim Acosta pushed Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes to move most legislation, so they can pass their agenda along party lines.

In making his pitch on his Saturday show, Acosta claimed that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would do the same if he and Republicans were in charge.

“Democrats could think about it this way: If Mitch McConnell were in their shoes, what would he do? Given what we know, would we see him letting the filibuster stand? Is the filibuster more important than election rights, women’s rights?” Acosta asked in an apparent reference to HR-1 — the Democrats’ attempt to overhaul federal elections and wrest them from the control of state legislatures as outlined in the Constitution.

But the host seems to have forgotten that in six years’ time when McConnell and Republicans were in control of the Senate, they never moved to ditch the filibuster.

The Daily Wire adds:

Despite having the power to end the filibuster — and rumors that then-President Donald Trump would have liked him to do so on several occasions — McConnell refrained from doing so.

Trump reportedly used the same argument on McConnell that Acosta used Saturday, telling him that if he did not end the filibuster, then-Senate Minority Leader (and now the Majority Leader) Chuck Schumer (D-NY) certainly would. 

“I don’t think the legislative filibuster, which has been around for a long time, is a problem. And it does, I think, generate on many occasions kind of a bipartisan solution, and I don’t think that’s always bad for the country. We do have some pretty big differences about a number of things, but there are a lot of things we do together,” McConnell told Politico in 2018.

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“I think both sides, having been up and down a number of times, understand the advantages when you’re not in the majority,” he continued.

“What I remind the president of occasionally when we have this discussion is but for that we would have socialized medicine [and] right-to-work would have been eliminated across the country,” McConnell added.

The outlet noted further:

While McConnell was not ready to make unilateral rule changes in the Senate himself, he was willing to use the unilateral changes made by his predecessor, former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) — changes that he had warned years earlier would come back to bite Democrats if they pushed them through.

Reid instituted the so-called Nuclear Option — which allowed for federal judges to be confirmed by a simple majority rather than the typical 60-vote requirement, thus avoiding the filibuster — in 2013 over McConnell’s objection: “You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.”

That turned out to be prophetic: McConnell expanded the nuclear option to get an unprecedented number of federal judges nominated by Trump to the bench along with three Supreme Court justices: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.