Did Democrats Remove ‘Under God’ From the Pledge of Allegiance at the DNC?

Not in the way President Trump has claimed.

President Trump was among several prominent right-wing politicians and media figures to claim that the Democratic National Convention removed the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trump’s claim is an overgeneralization of what happened at the DNC last week: Delegates at two out of the DNC’s 31 caucus and council meetings did not say “under God” when reciting the pledge. Video of the Muslim Delegates Assembly (at the one hour, 10 minute, and 48 second mark) and the LGBTQ Caucus Meeting (at the 1 minute 55 second mark) show that at each meeting the individual leading the group in the pledge left out the phrase. The video does not show any other participants during that time, meaning video evidence exists for only two participants. During the general convention, however, “under God” appeared each of the four times the Pledge of Allegiance was said. 

Other conservative media personalities were more accurate in their complaints: Charlie Kirk, for example, tweeted that “The words ‘under God’ were omitted from the Pledge of Allegience [sic] at least twice during the DNC.” However, broader claims that the DNC removed “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance give the incorrect impression that the elision occurred on a wider scale than the two individuals who opted not to say it. 

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