House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is supporting a bill to make Washington D.C.. the 51st state.
In a recent interview, President Trump argued that Democrats support D.C. statehood because the district is largely Democratic, meaning the party would automatically gain seats in both the House and Senate.
“They want to do that so they pick up two automatic Democrat — you know it’s 100 percent Democrat, basically — so why would the Republicans ever do that?” Trump said. “That’ll never happen unless we have some very, very stupid Republicans around that I don’t think you do…No thank you. That’ll never happen.”
Speaker Pelosi: "The next step is statehood for Washington Frederick Douglass State." pic.twitter.com/FYhXzUIMp1
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Fox News reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined with other Democrat leaders Thursday in pushing for D.C. statehood ahead of a Friday vote in the House, saying making the city the country’s 51st state would right a “grave injustice.”
“Tomorrow we will right this grave injustice which is an affront to our democracy,” Pelosi said at a news conference.
The Speaker noted that D.C. residents pay taxes, serve in the military and contribute to the “economic vitality” of the U.S., but do not have representation. “How could it be? Whose idea was that?” Pelosi continued.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., noted that the D.C. statehood bill, which calls for D.C. to become the 51st state, has 226 co-sponsors. He called it a “civil rights issue of our country.”
“We say that black lives matter, for too long black lives have not mattered,” Hoyer said. African-Americans make up over 46 percent of the district.
Hoyer, worried Republicans might veto the legislation given the district’s liberal bent, said the constitutional framers did not think “states would be admitted on their politics.”
“To consider other non-germane items in casting your vote is un-American,” the majority leader said.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser echoed his cries. “Let’s fight back against the cries that we’re too liberal, we’re too black, or there are too many Democrats,” she said. “The business of America is to make sure that each person is represented fully.”