Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz just wanted to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

During Wednesday’s first Judiciary hearing with the new GOP-led Congress, Gaetz requested to recite the Pledge of Allegiance as a point of unity and patriotism —he was rejected.

New York Rep. Jerry Nadler said he was opposed.

“I would oppose it simply on the grounds that, as members know, we pledge allegiance every day on the floor and I don’t know why we should pledge allegiance twice in the same day, to show how patriotic we are.”

Gaetz fired back, issuing a statement to The Daily Caller.

“Standing for the American flag isn’t controversial. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance isn’t a waste of time. Democrats are so outraged at the idea of a daily dose of patriotism that they spent 30 minutes ranting and raving in opposition. Congress cannot expect the American people to believe they are fighting for their values when they don’t even care to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.”

“It’s absurd that Democrats on the committee don’t even want to say the pledge of allegiance. You would think it would be a simple request – not so for the Judiciary Democrats, who almost seemed allergic to reciting the pledge,” Republican North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop told The Daily Caller.

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