On CNN Tuesday, Chris Cuomo laid into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
"The media is all atwitter, literally and figuratively, that Mitch McConnell issued some new threat," said Cuomo. "Here it is."
"Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin — can even begin — to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like," said McConnell in the clip from the Senate floor. "The Senate would be more like a 100-car pileup. Nothing moving."
"Now, not only is this not true, but it is not to be believed," said Cuomo. "I don't know why anybody is seeing this with any type of sense of apprehension. It's being viewed as a threat. It is not a threat. It is a promise from a political conniver without equal, who's made a legacy of beating the Democrats. He eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations in 2017. Hello? Why would you listen to him about this? Why would you even consider what he's saying? That was scorched earth."
"No one can imagine it?" he continued incredulously. "You lived it, Democrats. You've lived it with him. He refused to even meet with a president from your party's Supreme Court nominee. Remember his reasoning. It was too close to an election. Then what did he do? He confirmed his own party's nominee in record time during an election. Millions of Americans had already voted. Why is anyone surprised by what he says or does? Why would you even weigh his words? Why would you even put it into the calculus of what you need to do to get your agenda done?"
"Be more like him when it comes to understanding manipulation of the power," said Cuomo. "He only does scorched earth. Show me Mitch McConnell acting in bipartisan fashion on any regular basis. Scorched earth is passing unpopular, unpaid-for tax cuts for millionaires without a single Democrat vote. Scorched earth is burning millions of struggling Americans by holding relief hostage, and why? To protect corporations during a pandemic. Do you really think McConnell is going to work with the Democrats on [voting rights bills] H.R. or S. 1? This is a holy war for the opposition party. Expanding voting rights is an existential threat to a party banking on white fright."
"By the way, the filibuster was born during the Jim Crow period to allow the senator who didn't want progress to slow it down," added Cuomo. "That's where it comes from. It's not in the Constitution. Just as now in the last wave of politics it's about suppressing the minority vote, this time to block Biden's agenda."