Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday dismissed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) menace to go “scorched earth” politics if Democrats abolish the filibuster.
In an interview on “The Late Show,” host Stephen Colbert requested Schumer “what could possibly be more scorched earth than the way Mitch McConnell has just run roughshod for the past four to eight years, really?”
“I mean, isn’t he threatening that if you do this, Mitch McConnell will continue to be Mitch McConnell?” added Colbert.
“We used to call the Senate, when he was in charge, the legislative graveyard,” he recalled. “The House would send over good bills that had a lot of popular support. He might oppose them, fair enough, but he wouldn’t even put them on the floor for a vote.”
McConnell “can do all the threatening and bluster he wants, it’s not going to stop us,” Schumer added.
Colbert requested if McConnell might theoretically “grind things to a halt” because the minority chief within the chamber.
“I’m not even going to give this blustery threat credence,” Schumer responded. “We’re going to go forward. Period.”
Watch the interview right here: