Democrats have been pushing for years to have the District of Columbia officially recognized as the 51st state in America.
President Donald Trump was asked about this during an interview on Monday, and he made it clear he will never allow that to happen so long as he’s president.
While speaking with the 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 laid out several arguments about why that would be a bad idea, including arguing that 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.
Further proving Trump’s point, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won the city with more than 90 percent of the vote against Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
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, so it was disappointing that they would resort to silly arguments, such as how it would affect parking on Capitol Hill, as reasons to oppose it. H.R. 51 currently has the backing of 220 members of the House — all Democrats — including Eleanor Holmes Norton and two other nonvoting delegates.
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.