Apparently, Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez is fine with going to jail for illegal immigrants, but staying in the lower House chamber as lawmakers chant “USA! USA!” is simply too much for the poor fellow.
That’s at least the takeaway from Tuesday’s State of the Union, where the Illinois congressman stormed out of the chamber due to fellow lawmakers chanting the name of the country Gutierrez allegedly helps govern.
The segment came toward the end of the speech, when Trump was discussing those who had fought — and in some cases, died — to protect the United States, and the monuments in Washington for them.
“Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and King. Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond,” Trump said.
“And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies all over Asia. And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument to the American people. A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.”
The Republicans began to chant “USA! USA!” during a bipartisan ovation as Trump finished his line. And then Gutierrez can be seen storming out:
We have a bipartisan standing ovation — and a lot of "USA!" chants. https://t.co/00Kmhu7ges
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) January 31, 2018
While not discounting the chance that maybe Rep. Gutierrez had a Pepto-Bismol moment (just kidding, an interview after the speech showed the clearly wasn’t the case), let’s dissect Gutierrez’s possible motives here.
Perhaps he was just sick of “USA! USA!” being chanted. It’s the nation that he supposedly helps lead, that he’s sworn an oath to. Is its very mention enough to get Gutierrez to walk out?
Or perhaps it’s the chant itself. While the first recorded USA chant was during a 1979 soccer game where the United States upset Hungary 2-0, according to The Atlantic, it was popularized during the 1980 Winter Olympics during our hockey team’s improbable run to the gold medal. Since then, it’s appeared during patriotic moments like the Gulf War or Osama bin Laden’s death. Is that the history that Rep. Gutierrez wants to disown?
Or perhaps it was the line itself. Does he begrudge President Trump celebrating our troops, along with President Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King? Or perhaps it was Republicans chanting it. Are Democrats the only ones allowed to show patriotism (provided the president is Democrat, of course)?
It’s not like he’s averse to sticking around the Capitol Building. In fact, he was arrested in December for refusing to leave the Capitol during a protest over DACA’s repeal in December. That was hardly new; in fact, Gutierrez has earned some frequent flyer miles inside the paddy wagon.
So, what is the reasoning here? Why did Rep. Gutierrez walk out?
The truth is that there are certain Democrats that totally give up on America whenever a Democrat isn’t president. While most of these liberals don’t show their contempt openly, Rep. Gutierrez is a rather unguarded exception.
Thankfully, Gutierrez won’t be running for re-election in 2018, according to The Daily Caller. I suppose he prefers to be a full-time activist shill as opposed to only a part-time one with a side-job in Congress.
I personally think he’s in for a rude surprise when he finds out networks and newspapers aren’t going to be willing to listen to his inanities without a “Rep.” in front of his name. Whatever. The point is that he will no longer be disgracing the chamber he stormed out of, representing the country he apparently has some kind of aversion to. That’s something patriotic Americans can take some solace in.
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