Will this latest quest for District of Columbia statehood be the charm? District residents might have a supporter in President-elect Trump.
if you’d welcome more Democratic governors, senators, and congressional representatives, you probably back the move.
Another category of outsiders with opinions can be described as historical or governmental purists. They believe the government’s work should be conducted unfettered by the political machinations that take place in every neighborhood. (All politics is local, after all.) In fact, the ballot question posed on November 8th took pains to ensure the proposed state of New Columbia would include a federal district for the government’s work, with government buildings and monuments, kept separate from the new state’s residential area.
In that far-ranging Meet the Press interview, Trump said that though he might face a conflict of interest with the opening of his recent Washington Trump Hotel, “he loves the people and thinks they are special.” Mayor Bowser should not give him any wiggle room: The same people Trump thinks are special have been paying taxes without representation, and now may finally be the time for their full citizenship rights.