A Republican tried to attack DC statehood — but there was a glaring problem right behind her
Republicans have not only been fighting statehood for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico — they have also been voicing their opposition to statehood for the District of Columbia. One Republican who aggressively expressed her opposition to D.C. statehood this week was Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina. And a Washington Post reporter explained why Mace's argument was problematic in light of who was near her when she was talking during a news conference on Tuesday.
Mace: D.C. wouldn’t even qualify as a singular congressional district.. https://t.co/xF0YhrNdRc— Acyn (@Acyn)1618929691.0
With Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming standing behind her, the 43-year-old Mace argued, "D.C. wouldn't even qualify as a singular congressional district. And here they are, they want the power and authority of being an entire state in the United States. And they want that power."
But on Twitter, Post reporter Dave Weigel noted that the District of Columbia has more voters than all of Wyoming:
That's Liz Cheney behind her on the left. She represents Wyoming, which has around 150,000 fewer residents than D.C. https://t.co/L6C6n449s0— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1618930217.0
Here are some more reactions to Mace's opposition to D.C. statehood:
@daveweigel @JulianCastro But don’t forget undemocratic math: Rural white voters count as 3x everyone else— AreYouTheStan? (@AreYouTheStan?)1618930447.0
@daveweigel Their shameful hypocrisy is so embarrassing. If it’s based on the population of Congressional districts… https://t.co/8iRJiap4WY— Jayme Ruimveld (@Jayme Ruimveld)1618930728.0
@daveweigel @dfriedman33 Liz is thinking - fuck! You see what I’ve got to work with🥴— SayYourPiece (@SayYourPiece)1618930601.0
@daveweigel @mehdirhasan The disingenuous nature of their argument against DC statehood is mind boggling.— Carolyn from Maryland (@Carolyn from Maryland)1618930738.0
@Acyn My biggest mistake was thinking this lady had some sense in her. I try to learn my lessons once these days.— franklin Brown (@franklin Brown)1618929780.0
@daveweigel They would be enthusiastically leading the efforts for DC statehood if DC was a republican stronghold.… https://t.co/cm9PX7GsGE— Brad Eppler (@Brad Eppler)1618932638.0
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