On Wednesday, Democratic New York Rep. Jerry Nadler and Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz clashed over the latter’s request to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the House Judiciary Committee hearing. Gaetz proposed the amendment, believing it would be a unifying and patriotic act, but Nadler opposed it on the grounds that members pledge allegiance every day on the floor. Gaetz responded to Nadler’s opposition exclusively to the Daily Caller, saying that Democrats were so outraged by the idea of patriotism that they spent 30 minutes ranting and raving in opposition.
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Republican North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop also weighed in on the situation, telling the Daily Caller that it was absurd that Democrats on the committee didn’t even want to say the pledge of allegiance. He noted that Congress cannot expect the American people to believe they are fighting for their values when they don’t even care to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Daily Caller contacted Nadler’s office about his opposition to Gaetz’s move to say the Pledge of Allegiance before Judiciary Committee meetings, to which they did not immediately respond. However, it was revealed in 2021 that House Judiciary Democrats had made fun of Gaetz’s request to have the committee recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of hearings on a hot mic. In a video file obtained by the Daily Caller, Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen and an unidentified House Democrat can be heard appearing to joke about the request.
The clash between Nadler and Gaetz over reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before Judiciary Committee meetings is indicative of a larger political divide between Democrats and Republicans. While Gaetz believes that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a unifying and patriotic act, Nadler believes that members pledge allegiance every day on the floor and that it is unnecessary to do so twice in one day. Bishop believes that Congress cannot expect the American people to believe they are fighting for their values when they don’t even care to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
The incident also reveals a lack of respect for patriotism among some Democrats, as evidenced by their mocking of Gaetz’s request on a hot mic. This lack of respect for patriotism is concerning, as it suggests that some Democrats may not have a strong appreciation for the values that make America great.
Ultimately, this clash between Nadler and Gaetz serves as a reminder of the stark political divide between Democrats and Republicans in America today. It also serves as a reminder of how important it is for all Americans to respect and uphold the values that make our country great.
The preceding article is a summary of an article that originally appeared on The Daily Caller