Fact Check: Democrats Did Indeed Vote Out Pledge And Refused To Stand For Flag After Rejecting Calls To Add Pledge To Meeting Agenda

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  • by: Ryan Cooper
Fact Check: Democrats Did Indeed Vote Out Pledge And Refused To Stand For Flag After Rejecting Calls To Add Pledge To Meeting Agenda

Did Democrats vote out adding the Pledge of Allegiance at an elections board meeting and refuse to stand for the flag? Yes, the claim is accurate, and here is some context: The Pledge of Allegiance was not on the original agenda at a local North Carolina elections board meeting, and Democrats voted against adding it to the docket for consideration. Later, when an audience member began reciting the pledge, the Democrats did not stand.

The claim originated from an article published by Bladen Online on January 15, 2020, titled "Democrats vote out pledge and refuse to stand for flag" (archived here). It opened:

The Bladen County Board of Elections Democrats vote out pledge and refuse to stand for flag. https://bladenonline.com/pledge-of-allegiance-not-on-agenda-for-bladen-county-board-of-elections-meeting/

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Democrats vote out pledge and refuse to stand for flag

The Bladen County Board of Elections Democrats vote out pledge and refuse to stand for flag. https://bladenonline.com/pledge-of-allegiance-not-on-agenda-for-bladen-county-board-of-elections-meeting/

As the video of the meeting shows, one member at a Bladen County Board of Elections asked that the Pledge of Allegiance be added to the pre-approved meeting agenda. The three Democrats on the board did refuse to allow the pledge to be added to the meeting agenda for consideration.

Members of the audience addressed the board, noting their objections to the decision. When asked why she opposed adding the pledge, board chairwoman Louella Thompson said, "That's my right, and I exercise it."

The audience members then began reciting an impromptu pledge, at which point the Democrats remained seated. Later in the meeting, Thompson threatened to call law enforcement and said the unplanned reciting of the pledge was a disruption to the meeting.

After North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the decision not to add the Pledge of Allegiance, Thompson reversed her decision. According to WECT-TV, Thompson said:

I've had the opportunity to speak with others including community members, legal experts, and the state and local Democratic Party. As a result of those conversations I've decided the Bladen County Board of Elections will include the Pledge of Allegiance in its agenda for regular meetings starting in February."

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a socialist minister. In 1942, the U.S. Congress adopted the pledge, decreeing that people should recite it with their right hands over their hearts. In 1954, the words "under God" were added. Despite legal challenges over the years, the words remain in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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  Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is the former Director of Programming at CNN International, where he helped shape the network's daily newscasts broadcast to more than 280 million households around the world. He was based at the network's Los Angeles Bureau. There, he managed the team responsible for a three-hour nightly program, Newsroom LA.

Formerly, he worked at the headquarters in Atlanta, and he spent four years at the London bureau. An award-winning producer, Cooper oversaw the network's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the uprising in Egypt in 2011. He also served as a supervising producer during much of the network's live reporting on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which CNN received an Edward R. Murrow Award.

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