Nadler Shoots Down Florida Man’s Request For Pledge of Allegiance at All Meetings




The members of the House say the Pledge of the Allegiance every time they begin a session. While they don’t meet in session every day, the respectful ritual is absolutely observed in the appropriate manner. It’s not part of their daily protocol to recite the Pledge before regular meetings, but a small group of Republicans tried to make that happen on Thursday.

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced a proposal to begin each meeting of the House Judiciary Committee with the Pledge of Allegiance. Lawmakers spent time on debating but ultimately voted down his proposal. The panel’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, said it “wasn’t necessary” to recite the Pledge that often.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 4: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks during testimony by constitutional scholars before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first hearing held by the Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. The Judiciary Committee will decide whether to draft official articles of impeachment against President Trump to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Gaetz made the request, ”in the spirit of national unity and pride”, arguing that “We’re all aware that in these times it’s important for the country to see members of Congress working together on some things and while I know that we can deal with divisive issues in the committee, it would be my hope that we could start every committee with a great, unifying, patriotic moment.”

Of course, no members of the public would actually witness any of these moments.

“I appreciate the gentleman’s suggestion, but we are covered by the House,” Nadler added. “We all say the Pledge of Allegiance every day.”

True to form, Gaetz took to Twitter to air his complaints without the proper context and was immediately roasted for once again obtusely overstepping as #MattGaetzIsATool once again began trending.

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