Then Hice argued that the District of Columbia should not be a state, in part because it does not have a car dealership. Next, he apologized after being told that DC does have car dealerships — though he explained that he still did not know where to find one.
Hice, warning that DC gets some special funding from the federal government, said the country’s founders wanted to avoid the district becoming “first among states.” He continued: “DC would be the only state, the only state, without an airport, without a car dealership, without a capital city, without a landfill. …”
Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly of Virginia, denouncing the “absurdity” of arguments against statehood, later informed the committee that car dealerships do exist in DC. When it was Hice’s turn to speak again, he said, “If there’s a car dealership in DC, I apologize for being wrong — I have no idea where it is.”
It’s dealerships plural, not a single dealership. But anyway, Hice appeared to be undeterred by his error. He reiterated the rest of his earlier list, warning that DC would become a state without a capital city, an airport or a landfill.
We’re going to ignore that car dealerships and airports did not exist when the Constitution was written.