CNN’s Jim Acosta is at it again. During a White House press briefing, he asked why the shutdown is being blamed on Chuck Schumer when Republicans control the House and Senate. Mick Mulvaney reminded him that he already knew the answer to that question.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Mulvaney Scolds Acosta for Defending Schumer From Shutdown Blame: ‘I Have to Laugh’
Acosta, noting Mulvaney referred to the situation as the “Schumer shutdown” at the outset of the briefing—the term is also a Twitter hashtag—asked how it could be the Democrats’ fault when the GOP controls the White House and both houses of Congress.
“Come on. You know the answer to that as well as anybody,” Mulvaney said. “I have to laugh when people say that … You know as well as anybody that it takes 60 votes in the Senate to pass an appropriations bill. Right? You know that.”
“I know that,” Acosta said.
“OK, 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.
Acosta retorted that Trump asked Congress to create a permanent legal solution for the “Dreamers” protected by the DACA program, and the “whole process got blown up” by Trump’s reported comments referring to African nations as “s—hole” countries.
Mulvaney returned to the 2013 budget impasse, when Republicans tried to defund Obamacare as a part of budget talks and ultimately forced a shutdown.
“We were accused by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer of inserting a non-financial issue into the spending process in order to shut the government down. How is that not exactly what is happening today?” Mulvaney asked.
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It’s so clear Acosta is rooting for Democrats.