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After 16 hours, the heroic sit-in by House Democrats to demand that Republican leaders allow a vote on gun control came to an end in the wee hours of the morning as members were seen nodding off in their chairs.
The effort, led by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., even drew praise from President Barack Obama, who thanked the civil rights icon “for leading on gun violence where we need it most.”
But other than a losing a few hours of beauty rest, the political theater did not seem to require much sacrifice from Democrats. Considering the spread that was brought in to support the lawmakers — at taxpayer expense? — it may have been more fitting had the president thanked Lewis for leading… the way to the dinner buffet.
Looks like Democrats want to work on the Buffet Rule. pic.twitter.com/NYH4Ocr7XR
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 23, 2016
And while it’s not true that the Democrats broke out in a soaring rendition of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,” they did have their every need catered to, as seen here:
Republican leadership adjourned the House just after 3 a.m. with no plans to return until July 5, denying Democrats the vote they demanded, but all is not lost.
Turns out, the protest served as a great fundraising mechanism.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a brief email shortly after midnight asking for 6,000 donations, with options ranging from $1 to $250, according to The Hill.
The email — the sixth such email from the DCCC since the sit began — was signed by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“This is a historically important moment! John Lewis has been leading a sit-in on the House floor for 11 long hours now. We’re fighting to prevent gun violence,” the email reads. “The Republicans refuse to lift a finger. It’s shameful. I need your help to defeat them once and for all.”
If only Pelosi would show the same enthusiasm about defeating radical Islam…
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