AP: Muslim and LGTQ Caucuses at Democratic Convention Left ‘Under God’ Out of Pledge of Allegiance

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(Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

(Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

The Muslim Delegates and Allies Assembly and the LGBTQ Caucus left out the words “under God” when they recited the Pledge of Allegiance at their caucus meetings at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, according to a “fact check” by the Associated Press.

“During two caucuses before the evening conventions started, the Muslim Delegates and Allies Assembly and the LGBTQ Caucus meeting, both Tuesday, left out ‘under God,’ from the pledge,” reported the Associated Press.

“The party’s series of caucus meetings was livestreamed but not part of the prime-time convention broadcast,” said the Associated Press.

The words “under God” were included when the Pledge was reciting before the full convention on each of the four days of the assembly.

“The first night of the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden’s grandchildren said the pledge, followed by the convention’s chorus of ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’” reported AP. “On the second night, it’s stated by a diverse group of Americans; same with the third night. On the fourth night, it’s recited by Cedric Richmond Jr., the son of Rep. Cedric Richmond, R-La. “Under God” was in each rendering. The convention also devoted a segment to showcasing Biden’s religious faith.”

The Associated Press reported on this in response to a tweet President Donald Trump sent out on Saturday that said the “Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance.”

“The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention,” Trump said in the tweet. “At first I thought they made a mistake, but it wasn’t. It was done on purpose. Remember Evangelical Christians, and ALL, this is where they are coming from—it’s done. Vote Nov. 3!”

“President Donald Trump is accusing the Democrats of taking God out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their national convention. He’s distorting what happened,” the AP said in its fact check.

The AP then pointed out that the “central programming” at the Democratic National Convention used the words “under God” in the Pledge.

“That’s a misleading accusation,” the AP said of Trump’s tweet. “The central programming of the convention featured the entire pledge, complete with ‘under God.’”

 



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