On at least a couple of occasions, the phrase “under God” was left out of a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance during Democratic National Convention events last week. President Donald Trump was one of those who noticed and brought it to the American people’s attention.
“The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention. At first I thought they made a mistake, but it wasn’t. It was done on purpose,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.
“Remember Evangelical Christians, and ALL, this is where they are coming from-it’s done. Vote Nov 3!” he added.
The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention. At first I thought they made a mistake, but it wasn’t. It was done on purpose. Remember Evangelical Christians, and ALL, this is where they are coming from-it’s done. Vote Nov 3!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2020
The Washington Examiner reported that one of those who initially noticed the omission of the phrase “under God” from the pledge was Christian Broadcasting Network’s chief political analyst David Brody, who shared two separate videos on Twitter and asserted that the exclusion of the words “under God” had been on purpose.
Both of the videos showed the pledge being recited at the beginning of two separate council meetings, the first being the Muslim Delegates and Allies Assembly and the second one at the LGBTQ Caucus Meeting. As Brody had noted, “under God” was not to be heard in either of those recitations.
The phrase “under God” was not omitted from the pledge during the primetime portions of the convention, Breitbart reported.
Mainstream media “fact-checkers” rushed to weigh in on the matter both before and after President Trump made mention of it, but, as has also become typical, they only managed to highlight the truthfulness, at least in part, of what he had said.
The fact-checkers prove Trump’s point
First, Politifact took note of the “under God” omission claims on social media and rated it as “mostly false” by pointing out that the phrase had indeed been included in the pledges that had been recited each night during the primetime portions of the convention. They admitted, however, that “some caucuses omitted ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance during Democratic National Convention meetings. But the line was not excluded from any of the convention’s primetime spots.”
Next up was Snopes, which also rated the claim as “mostly false,” yet admitted that “What’s True” was that “The phrase ‘under God’ was omitted from at least two recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance at individual caucus meetings during the DNC in 2020.”
Finally, there was USA Today, which declared the claim to be “partly false” and “misleading.” “Instances where ‘under God’ were excluded from the Pledge of Allegiance took place during individual council meetings, not during recitations of the pledge during the convention’s program or as a matter of policy,” they wrote.
The fact-checkers can draw technical distinctions all they want — that is, in fact, what they’re paid to do — but in this particular case, they could not deny that some DNC events did indeed omit the phrase “under God” from the pledge.