Several Democrats took objection Wednesday to an amendment that would see the Pledge of Allegiance recited before House Judiciary Committee meetings, with one Rep. charging that ‘insurrectionist’ Republicans shouldn’t be able to lead the Pledge.
The amendment was introduced by Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, who previously called for the Judiciary Committee to open with the pledge two years ago.
As he did then, New York Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler opposed the move, arguing that it is unnecessary.
“I don’t know why we should pledge allegiance twice in the same day to show how patriotic we are,” Nadler said, claiming that committee members already pledge allegiance when they arrive at the building.
Nadler added “I don’t think this is the most important amendment in the world.”
Democrat Rep. Deborah Ross cited a Supreme Court ruling that says officials cannot force citizens to say the pledge.
Other Democrats then used Gaetz’s proposal to further their obsessive ranting about the events of January 6th 2021.
Hank Johnson of Georgia stated “I regret the fact that many members of this committee voted against certifying the election results based on the ‘big lie,’ and they have continued to promote the ‘big lie’ and undermine public confidence in our government.”
Johnson then declared that it is “ironic” that Republicans who “supported the insurrection” now want to force Democrats to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States.
Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline also used the moment to dredge up the Capitol incident, claiming that he would support Gaetz’s amendment if it contained a provision that would restrict “anyone who supported insurrection” from leading the pledge.
Gaetz fired back, noting that if Cicilline’s definition of “insurrectionist” is anyone who objected to electors, “then there would be many Democrats on the committee that wouldn’t be eligible to lead the pledge.”
Gaetz tweeted footage of the discussion, asking “Why does patriotism make Democrats so heated?”
Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a former Democrat who switched parties in 2019, said he was “almost speechless,” that members would object to taking a minute to affirm their allegiance to the country.
“Come on, this can’t be real. I can’t believe we’re having this debate,” Van Drew said.
Republican Chip Roy of Texas, slammed the Democrats for opposing basic patriotic principles, also citing a recent proposal to condemn socialism, which was opposed by some Democrats.
“And that is the state of your Democratic Party today,” Roy asserted.
Here is the entire discussion:
Cicilline’s amendment was voted down, while Gaetz’s amendment was approved without opposition, with a vote of 39-0.
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