The Democrats have been at an electoral disadvantage for some time now, particularly when it comes to the Senate, and so they are considering anything and everything possible in order to scrape together more political influence.
This has been especially troubling for the left side of the aisle as of late, after President Trump’s impeachment was swiftly and soundly acquitted in the Senate and now that the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court looks to be a simple formality at this point.
In order to gain more political gravity, the Democrats could try appealing to a greater number of Americans, thus collecting more votes.
Or they could just add states to America, as Chuck Schumer recently suggested on MSNBC.
Host Joy Reid then asked, “Would that include adding, if the Senate becomes a Democratic majority, adding D.C. and Puerto Rico as states and ending the filibuster?”
Schumer responded, “I would — believe me, on D.C. and Puerto Rico, particularly if Puerto Rico votes for it, D.C. already has voted for it and wants it. I’d love to make them states. And as for the filibuster, I’m not busting my chops to become majority leader to do very little or nothing. We are going to get a whole lot done. And as I’ve said, everything, everything is on the table.”
DC and Puerto Rico are both locales who favor Democrats, making their statehood a likely source of Senators for the left-leaning party.
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