(VIDEO) Pledge Allegiance Not Allowed at Debate, Audience Does it Anyway, Moderator Gets Angry
Last week, at a debate sponsored by the Illinois League of Women Voters (LWV) between Democratic incumbent Rep. Melissa Bean (IL-8), Republican candidate Joe Walsh, and Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer, moderator Kathy Tate-Brandish refused to let the crowd recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
However, to her distaste, the crowd stood up and recited the Pledge on their own. Instead of just moving on, she decided to scold the audience saying, "I hope that is the last time that I am disrespected." She continued on to say as people in the audience started to get up and leave, "Being forced by having audience members stand up in presumably a planned way, to have something like that happen, seems a bit disrespectful." She really thinks this whole ordeal was planned? Yes, the audience knew ahead of time she wouldnt allow the Pledge and made a pact to all stand up and recite it together... Yeah, right.
Watch the crowd recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Tate-Brandish scold them for it:
The League of Women Voters executive director, Jan Czarnik, also was angry the Pledge had been recited and told the news, “It’s a phony patriotism issue is what it is. [Republicans] must think it helps their campaign.”
Both LWV have been active members of the progressive movement. Ms. Tate-Bradish was an active supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and even hosted campaign events for the then-Senator in her own home.
Ms. Czarnik is a former ACORN Project Vote worker and has been involved in the progressive People for the American Way, but as blogger Jeff Dunetz notes, these former affiliations would surely in no way lead her to unfairly criticize a Republican candidate, right?
Listen to Republican candidate Joe Walshs reaction below: