Did Democrats take away “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance on the DNC?
The declare gained momentum on Thursday, Aug. 20, when Peggy Hubbard, a former U.S. Senate candidate, wrote on Fb that the DNC eliminated the point out of God from the Pledge of Allegiance out of fears that it was “offensive.”
“The DNC omitted, One Nation Beneath God. From the pledge of allegiance [sic],” Hubbard wrote. “It was considered offensive and should set off some folks.”
Hubbard, by the best way, is a retired IRS analyst and army veteran who ran to characterize Illinois within the U.S. Senate in 2020 however misplaced to Mark Curran within the Republican major in March.
Citing unbiased fact-checkers, Fb flagged Hubbard’s publish as “partly false data,” and linked to the PolitiFact publish on the subject. Per PolitiFact, Democratic caucus members omitted the road “one nation underneath God” from the Pledge of Allegiance throughout two DNC conferences, the LGBTQ Caucus assembly and the Muslim Delegates Meeting on Aug. 18.
The road, nonetheless, was included when DNC members recited the Pledge of Allegiance through the second, third, and fourth nights of the televised DNC proceedings,” PolitiFact notes.
“[Hubbard’s] Fb publish accommodates a component of fact however ignores crucial information that might give a special impression,” the publish asserts. “We price it Principally False.” The positioning additionally notes that Hubbard hasn’t responded to its request for a remark.
Snopes, one other fact-checking web site, posted an analogous evaluation of the viral declare. “This assertion is deceptive at finest,” Snopes said. “The DNC didn’t omit ‘underneath God’ from the pledge, nor did they forbid its use. Actually, throughout each recitation of the pledge earlier than every evening’s occasions — the 2020 DNC lasted 4 nights — the phrase ‘underneath God’ was included.”
In a touch upon her publish, nonetheless, Hubbard wrote an all-caps rebuttal to at Fb’s fact-checking. “THE INDEPENDENT FACT CHECKER CAN BLOW IT OUT HIS A–!” she wrote. “I SAW THE MAN OMIT ‘ONE NATION UNDER GOD’ MYSELF!”
Trump tweeted the identical declare on his Twitter account on Saturday, Aug. 22. “The Democrats took the phrase GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance on the Democrat Nationwide Conference,” he wrote. “At first I believed they made a mistake, but it surely wasn’t. It was carried out on function. Keep in mind Evangelical Christians, and ALL, that is the place they’re coming from-it’s carried out. Vote Nov 3!”
The Democrats took the phrase GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance on the Democrat Nationwide Conference. At first I believed they made a mistake, but it surely wasn’t. It was carried out on function. Keep in mind Evangelical Christians, and ALL, that is the place they’re coming from-it’s carried out. Vote Nov 3!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2020
Video from the conference telecast on Thursday exhibits Cedric Richmond Jr. — son of Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) — reciting the pledge and together with the “one nation underneath God” line.
The point out of “underneath God” was formally added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, after President Dwight Eisenhower signed a invoice on the subject into regulation. The point out of God has confronted varied authorized challenges over time, however the Supreme Court docket dominated in 2004 to maintain the road within the Pledge, based on Smithsonian Journal.