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On Monday, Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell tweeted a video of a fresh interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News, whereby he claimed that Dwelling Democrats “would turn us proper into a nation we’ve never been.” As an instance, a nation that resembles one thing closer to representative democracy for all its electorate. McConnell explained his thinking because it pertains to the Democrats’ wish of granting congressional seats to the of us of Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico:

They plan to set aside the District of Columbia a negate — that’d give them two new Democratic senators — Puerto Rico a negate, that might well maybe give them two extra new Democratic senators. And as a ancient Supreme Court docket clerk yourself, you’ve absolutely seen that they plan to lengthen the Supreme Court docket. So here’s paunchy bore socialism on the march within the Dwelling. And yeah, as lengthy as I’m the majority chief of the Senate, none of that stuff is going wherever.

The quote will not be any doubt in step with McConnell’s block-the leisure-blue legacy, but no longer all Republicans consider their chief within the Senate. In March, a bipartisan team of representatives — along with Jenniffer González-Colón, the Republican who represents Puerto Rico as a non-vote casting member — joined the territory’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, to expose a bill that might well maybe set aside the island a negate 90 days after turning into law. And within the final two elections, the Republican Celebration’s legitimate platform has been to “make stronger the merely of the United States electorate of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign negate.” But supportive marketing campaign provides and applied politics are diversified matters: Each and every the president and Dwelling Republicans accept as true with stalled all twelve months lengthy on providing catastrophe attend for the island, level-headed reeling from the landfall of Storm Maria in 2017.

Whether or no longer McConnell is defending in opposition to “paunchy-bore socialism” or the creation of (practically) paunchy representative democracy for thousands and thousands of People, the inclusion of Puerto Rico and D.C. in Congress would motive profound shifts to the vitality balance of the parties — no longer to point out the Electoral Faculty. Four further seats within the Senate that skew Democratic might well furthermore waste out the Republican succor of extra representation with fewer votes: Within the 2014 midterms, the 46 Democratic senators got 20 million extra votes than the 54 Republicans within the chamber. Within the Dwelling, Puerto Rico would turn out with round seven electoral votes and D.C. would accept as true with one. On inhabitants level on my own, the district and the territory are absolutely great of membership. D.C., at 702,455, has extra of us than Vermont or Wyoming. With a pre-Maria inhabitants of practically 3.2 million, Puerto Rico is home to extra People than 21 states.

McConnell: Statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico Is ‘Socialism’