Several House Democrats appeared to mock a Florida Republican who wants to solemnly declare his loyalty to the national flag before congressional meetings.
An audio recording has gone viral, revealing Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and other Democratic House Judiciary Committee members joking about the Pledge of Allegiance despite being warned their microphones were “hot” and “broadcasting online through YouTube.”
Cohen thought it would be a good idea to test the audio levels by ridiculing Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) proposal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each House Judiciary Committee meeting.
“I wake up in the morning, and I pledge allegiance to the flag. I go outside regardless of the weather where I got my flag up by my house, and I pledge allegiance,” Cohen said in a video shared on Rumble. “Then I get on my knees, and I pray. If I do that … am I supposed to do it again, and how many times a day should I do that?”
One of his female fellow party members thought it would be funny to recite the pledge “at least every hour.”
Cohen entertained the idea and suggested an excellent location to recite the pledge every hour was perhaps in front of the “Rayburn horseshoe” portal on Capitol Hill. He then proposed his idea to say a prayer before each meeting and commented how it sounded childish.
“So what do they want, do they want prayers said before the beginning of each meeting and the pledge or just the pledge?” he said. “Just the pledge, I remember in the first grade we had something like this.”
His colleague also suggested reciting the pledge was just as childish as a preparedness measure in the event of a nuclear attack.
“I remember too. I remember on Fridays at 10 o’clock; we duck below our desks in the event of a nuclear bomb,” she said.
Rep. Pramilya Jayapul (D-Wash.) joined in the mischief, suggesting it “ages” her too, and she was ready to vote on the matter.
Cohen reminded Jayapul that she was recently appointed as chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and had a civic duty to enforce reciting the pledge.
“Pramila, you should do something about this as head of the CPC,” he said. “I charge you with the responsibility.”
Jayapul laughed out loud and joked this duty was “just what I am looking for.”
However, Cohen, Jayapul, and other Democrats on the committee did not think their jokes were so funny after Daily Caller senior congressional correspondent Henry Rodgers later sent them a copy and asked for comment.
The representatives and their support staff had surprisingly little to say and were even at a complete loss for words.