During a Friday press conference on a potential government shutdown, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney scolded CNN’s Chief White House
drama queen correspondent, Jim Acosta. Republicans are calling it the “Schumer shutdown” because Democrats are objecting to a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government without provisions to grant amnesty to DREAMers.
Acosta obnoxiously demanded to know, “How can it be the Schumer Shutdown when Republicans control the White House, the House, and the Senate?”
“Come on, you know the answer to that as well as anybody,” Mulvaney said, clearly annoyed. Saying that he has to “laugh” when others make this absurd point, Mulvaney explained basic American civics to Acosta like he was four years old.
“You know as well as anybody that it takes 60 votes in the Senate to pass an appropriations bill, right, you know that?” Mulvaney asked.
“I know that,” Acosta was forced to admit.
“Okay, so when you only have 51 votes in the Senate, then you have to have Democrat support in order to fund the government. So that’s the answer to your question,” Mulvaney said.
“This is purely an attempt by the Senate Democrats, led by Mr. Schumer, that’s why we call it the ‘Schumer shutdown,’ in order to try and get a shutdown that they think this president gets blamed for,” he added.
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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