President Donald Trump should tell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “to go nuclear” to pass immigration reforms by ending the 60-vote supermajority threshold after Mollie Tibbetts’ murder, David Bossie said Wednesday on Fox News’ “The Story With Martha MacCallum.”
“So if I was advising this president, I would say, ‘Tell Mitch McConnell to go nuclear.’ You have to say this is a national security issue, a simple majority of the Senate to pass border security,” said Bossie, who was Trump’s deputy campaign manager in 2016.
McConnell can change Senate rules with a simple majority vote of the chamber.
Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was reported missing last month. The five-week manhunt that ensued concluded in tragedy Tuesday when Rivera led authorities to a body believed to be hers.
Suspected murderer Cristhian Bahena Rivera, an illegal immigrant, told authorities he saw her jogging, got out of his car and ran alongside her, causing her to feel threatened. She said she was going to call the police, at which point Rivera said he blacked out. He then led authorities to her body.
Rivera worked for four years at Yarrabee Farms in Iowa using false identification, according to the farm’s co-owner. Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder, and his bond was set at $5 million.