Democrats have been pushing for years to have the District of Columbia officially recognized as the 51st state in America.
Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie took to Twitter this week to argue that a bill from Democrats to gran D.C. statehood is “unconstitutional.”
Massie said the bill, which is expected to be defeated easily by the GOP-controlled Senate, was a “farcical” idea that would need to be achieved through a constitutional amendment instead of congressional legislation.
“I’ll be voting no on the farcical DC statehood bill,” Massie wrote. “It’s unconstitutional. The Constitution prescribes a federal city, and the 23rd amendment gives DC 3 presidential electors. Statehood for DC requires a Constitutional amendment, not a simple bill.”
I’ll be voting no on the farcical DC statehood bill. It’s unconstitutional.
The Constitution prescribes a federal city, and the 23rd amendment gives DC 3 presidential electors.
Statehood for DC requires a Constitutional amendment, not a simple bill.https://t.co/OYXuI5nzVQ
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 20, 2020
President Donald Trump has also recently come out against this idea and said he will never allow that to happen so long as he’s president.
During an interview last month New York Post, Trump slammed the idea of statehood for Washington, D.C., because it would likely bring additional Democrats to Congress.
“D.C. will never be a state,” Trump said. “You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So we can have two more Democratic — Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That’ll never happen.”
“They want to do that so they pick up two automatic Democrat — you know it’s a 100% Democrat, basically — so why would the Republicans ever do that?” he continued. “That’ll never happen unless we have some very, very stupid Republicans around that I don’t think you do. You understand that, right?”
“Why don’t you just take two senators and put them in there?” the president added. “No, it’s not gonna happen. And it how many House seats is it? Like four? Three or four? Whatever it is. You’d have three or four more congressmen and two more senators, every single day of every single year. And it would never change. No, the Republicans would never do that.”
The city has a population of roughly 700,000 people, has a nonvoting delegate in the House, no representation in the Senate, and three electoral votes.
Trump said Republicans aren’t “stupid” enough to add more Democratic seats to Congress.
If D.C. were granted statehood, it would likely have one member of the House and two senators.
This would all-but give Democrats at least three more seats in Congress.
An editorial from the Washington Times published in 2019 details why this would be a bad idea.
In like fashion, for more than 40 years now, Democrats in the District of Columbia and in Congress have been pressing to turn a 68.3-square-mile city into the nation’s 51st state. (Rhode Island — currently the country’s smallest state — comprises 1,212 square miles, more than 17 times the size of D.C.)
But the left has played the race card so often — and so indiscriminately, as in this case — that it no longer automatically bludgeons the opposition into submission. Republicans correctly see the D.C. statehood ploy as the Democratic political power grab that it is.
It’s nothing more than Democrats looking for a new way to grab more power to help them get more far-left policies and legislation passed in Congress.
And as long as Trump is in office — he says it’s never going to happen.