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Kevin de León. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

L.A. Councilman de León Bungles Pledge of Allegiance, Gets Lambasted on Twitter

‘I really hope he was hammered’

By Katy Grimes, January 26, 2021 8:54 pm

Former California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, also known as Kevin Alexander Leon before he changed his name, opened up a meeting of the Los Angeles City Council with the Pledge of Allegiance, only he didn’t remember the words.

Elected last year to the Los Angeles City Council, de León was tasked with leading the Pledge of Allegiance Tuesday by City Council President Nury Martinez, which council members recite at the opening of their online Zoom council meetings. But de León embarrassed himself and the council, after saying “It would be an honor” to recite it, when he couldn’t recite it properly, or even recover from the verbal bumble.

Listening to the video, de León said this:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…undervisible, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…for which it stands. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all…oof.”

“Pete Brown, a spokesman for De León, said in a brief interview that the councilman knows the words of the pledge by heart,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “He just stumbled, and showed he was human,” the aide said. “We’ve all forgotten lyrics to songs we’ve sung a hundred thousand times.”

“De León, who took office last year, was experiencing some computer difficulties Tuesday and has ‘a lot on his plate,’ Brown said. ‘Sadly, there’s thousands of kids in his district who are doing the pledge and they’re at risk of being homeless. He’s thinking about that,’ he said.”

Really?

When I was in elementary school, a boy in my 5th grade class used to say, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, ‘on the window sill,’ with liberty and justice for all.”

It took the teacher a few weeks to figure out who it was, but she swiftly corrected him when she did.

The social media comments were snarky, and some were really funny. And other comments really hit home:

De León is a long time elected lawmaker, moving from the California Assembly (2010-2014) to the State Senate (2014-2018), and then ran against Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in 2018, but was unable to gain any ground against the senior Senator.

Funniest Twitter comment: “I really hope he was hammered.”

The Pledge of Allegiance is not that tough or even that long of a verse:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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11 thoughts on “L.A. Councilman de León Bungles Pledge of Allegiance, Gets Lambasted on Twitter

  1. Ouch! Awkward. He doesn’t seem to know the Pledge, in spite of his spokesman’s excuses. Wouldn’t you think a career politician like Kevin de Leon would have the Pledge of Allegiance down cold by now?
    Don’t miss the very funny tweets in response to the video.

  2. Leftists always plead stupidity or incompetence but also claim to be the smartest person in the room. Does anyone else notice this?

    1. Very good, CW. Hadn’t thought of it that way before but now that you mention it I think I will ALWAYS notice it from now on.

    1. Judging from Madame President’s accent, that job is better left to her.
      At least he said, “Oof!” and not “Hijole!”

  3. Why do people in CA keep recycling buffoons in and out of public office????? First they become city council members, then when term limits kick in, they run for county supervisor, then run for the CA legislature, then get appointed to commissions, and then run for another public office. Meanwhile, they leave a trail of failure and corruption in every office they touch. And voters keep them at the public trough sucking taxpayer funds for LIFE. We, the voters of CA, need to put a stop to this insanity. To keep voting for failure, whether on the local or state level is exercising economic and social destruction.

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