Rep. Gaetz defends ‘unifying’ Pledge of Allegiance, Democrats mock request
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., tells ‘The Faulkner Focus’ Judiciary Committee Democrats blocked his request to say the Pledge of Allegiance in hearings.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., slammed comments made by House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler and House Democrats on Friday, after his request to recite the Pledge of Allegiance was shut down and allegedly mocked by colleagues behind closed doors.
During an interview on “The Faulkner Focus,” Gaetz stated that it was “disheartening” to hear his colleagues “mocking” him, in what he described as an attempt to unify the country and celebrate patriotism.
When asked by Gaetz for the committee to recite the pledge, in what he considered “a nice gesture,” Nadler shut him down, claiming that “it’s unnecessary” since the full House begins each day with the text and that there was “no need” to do it twice.
In a hot mic audio recording obtained by the Daily Caller, which has not yet been verified, some House Democrats – including Rep. Steve Cohen – appeared to joke about Gaetz’s request, likening the repeated reciting of the pledge as akin to ducking under school tables during Cold War-era nuclear bomb drills.
Gaetz also called out Rep. Cory Bush’s, D-Mo., claiming she called the Pledge of Allegiance a white supremacist symbol.
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“In these times when our country needs to see that Republicans and Democrats can do something together, that we can come together in some ways, I just thought it would be a nice gesture before debating some admittedly divisive issues,” said Gaetz.
Gaetz and Nadler have butted heads on the committee numerous times, from the Mueller investigation to matters of President Trump’s impeachment.
Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.
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