Los Angeles City Council member Kevin de León flubbed the Pledge of Allegiance on Tuesday when asked to recite it at the opening of a City Council meeting.
De León was, until recently, among the most senior Democrats in the state. He served as State Senate President Pro Tem, and mounted an unsuccessful challenge to unseat incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in 2018. He has been the city council representative for the heavily-Latino District 14 since 2020.
De León tried to make light of the incident on Twitter, with a cartoon of Bart Simpson writing the Pledge several times on a blackboard. He encouraged those who were entertained by his flub to make donations to an organization that helps illegal aliens.
As a state senator, De León was best known for pursuing gun control legislation, and benefits for illegal aliens. He won the endorsement of the California Democratic Party in the 2018 Senate race on an “Abolish ICE” platform.
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