District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine is preparing for another round of protests in the nation’s capital next week, when supporters of President Trump are expected to travel to Washington to protest Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 presidential election.
“My level of anxiety is high. My preparation is even more intense than that,” Racine told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast. Racine is worried the far-right, white supremacist group known as the “Proud Boys” will return to the District and “pick fights, create damage, damage property, and then act in a very threatening way” towards historic Black institutions in the city like the group did in mid-December 2020.
Racine also advocated for Congress to grant statehood to Washington, D.C.
“If you believe in the fight at the Boston Tea Party, no taxation without representation, then you should be an ardent supporter of D.C. statehood.” Racine said.
He said D.C. statehood shouldn’t be treated as a partisan issue — it would likely add two Democratic senators and one Democratic congressperson — but instead an exercise in democracy.
“Our system works when we respect people equally and don’t make distinctions just based on politics,” Racine said. “The idea that Democrats should be denied an opportunity just because they’re Democrats is as offensive as the idea that Republicans should be denied an opportunity because they’re Republicans.”