National Review Writer Compares Nuclear Option to Hypothetical ‘Military Coup’

The National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke appeared on Fox News Thursday afternoon shortly after the Senate passed a change to the filibuster rules that has become commonly known as the “nuclear option.” Cooke was outraged by the move, saying that the circumvention of congressional rules paves the way for a “military coup.”

Cooke began by saying the Senate Democrats moved to change the filibuster rules only to “distract from the Obamacare disaster,” but also acknowledged that “this is something that they have wanted to do for a while.”

“What Obama just did is make a general case against minority rights,” Cooke continued, making reference to the president’s remarks following the vote. “It was ‘the system doesn’t work how I want it to, so therefore the system is wrong.'” If President Barack Obama thinks “American business is far too important for the rules,” Cooke said, then who’s to say we couldn’t just “ignore the House” or “have a military coup”?

Meanwhile, host Gretchen Carlson referred back to comments Obama made when he was a senator against the change. “Now he says the majority of senators say enough is enough,” she said. “Yeah, Democratic senators. Not one Republican thought this was a good move.”

“The hypocrisy is staggering,” Cooke replied.

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