Politics

DCCC Uses Gun Violence Sit-In to Promote Party at Convention

"We're going to push, pull stand up, sit down," members said in video

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads members of the caucus down the House steps of the Capitol after the House Democrats' sit-in ended on the floor on June 23, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A presentation at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday included footage promoting the House Democrats' sit-in on gun violence.    

That drew criticism from Republicans, who said that the protest was simply a political stunt.   

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., had specifically called out the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for fundraising off the sit-in and suggested the take over of the House floor violated decorum rules .   

The Democrats' promotion of the sit-in during the DCCC presentation is likely to fuel Republicans' beliefs that it was all for political gain. But Democrats asserted that it was evidence of their willingness to fight for action on issues that Americans care about.   

"We're going to push, pull stand up, sit down," members said in the video.  

"If there is one thing you can count on, it's that House Democrats will always be in the fight," DCCC Chair Ben Ray Lujan said in his speech before the video.  

Lujan also used his speech to say that Democrats can pick up House seats with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket .  

"If your member of Congress is supporting Donald Trump ... what does that say about their leadership, their character?" he asked.  

"If they won't stand up to Donald Trump, what makes you think they'll stand up for you and your family?" he said.

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