Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says embarrassment over the Democratic National Convention delegate vote on reinstating the words "God" and "Jerusalem" in the party platform was "a lot of ado about nothing".
The Huffington Post reports that the mayor "stood by" the way he handled the debacle. He further stated (confusingly), that there "was no controversy among the votes that counted." Which votes counted? Is he referring to the Democratic Delegates specifically? And if so, how could he possibly differentiate whose voices "counted"?
In the video, Villaraigosa was clearly caught off guard by the strong opposition of the party delegates to put "God" and "Jerusalem" back into the platform. There is no denying that he expected to pass the motion.
The real shock is that he was surprised. Many on the left are openly vocal in their disgust for Christianity and for Israel. For all the talk of "tolerance" by many on the leftÂ—it only applies to certain groups.
The Examiner observed, "Even though the "no" voters sounded even louder the third time, VillaraigosaÂ—clearly uncomfortableÂ—pronounced the measure as "passed" anywayÂ—which elicited sound boos of protest from many the crowd" and the Huffington Post reported, "those who shouted opposition to the language change were as loud, if not louder, than those who voiced their support." It seems as though the only person to hear majority support for the motion was Villaraigosa. The good mayor clearly overruled the delegates. Since majority vote was not apparent, the motion should not have passed.
When pressed by reporters who said they did not clearly hear two-thirds support, Antonio Villaraigosa childishly replied, "That's nice to know. I was the chairman and I did, and that was the prerogative of the chair."
Judge for yourself:
Before the fiasco, Brett Baier asked Dick Durbin about the omission of the word, "God" from the platform. A defensive Durbin said, "Well, I can just basically tell you if the narrative that is being presented on your station, and through your channel and your network is the Democrats are godless people, they ought to know better." Well, the Democratic Delegates are at least 50% "Godless".
After Baier said, "I'm just asking the question: why was the word taken out?" Durbin responded, "I'm just telling you, you are carping on a trifle." Is God a "trifle"? Perhaps after Durbin heard his democratic peers "booing" God, he revised his opinion about the Fox News "narrative".
When asked why "God" and "Jerusalem" were taken out of the platform in the first place (great question), Durbin responded, "I wasn't on the platform committee."
Watch the heated exchange here: