Democrats Beclowned as Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Ends Prayer Opening The 117th Congress with ‘Amen and Awoman’

by Mary Margaret Olohan


Conservatives mocked a Democratic representative’s Sunday prayer opening the 117th Congress that concluded with “amen and awoman.”

“We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, [unintelligible], and God known by many names and by many different faiths, amen, and awoman,” Democratic Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, an ordained United Methodist pastor, said during the prayer to open the 117th Congress.

His comment sparked a backlash on social media as conservatives pointed out that “amen” means “so be it” — meaning that a literal translation of Cleaver’s prayer would read “so be it, and a woman,” as the Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy pointed out.

“‘Amen’ is a Biblical Hebrew word: אמן. It is a word simply meaning ‘may it be so.’ It has nothing to do with the word ‘man’ or ‘woman’ because it is FROM HEBREW,” the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro tweeted.

“Can I get an AWOMEN?” tweeted Lone Conservative founder Kassy Dillon.

“Amen and Awoman?!?! Don’t they know that gender isn’t binary,” tweeted Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz. “What about the other 42 genders??”

The prayer came after Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern announced a resolution Friday intended to “honor all gender identities” by modifying pronouns in the House rules for references to family relations, such as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister.

These words in the update rules would be changed to “parent, child, sibling, spouse, or parent-in-law,” according to the resolution.

Though Pelosi herself announced the changes, the California Democrat’s Twitter profile retains language that does not follow these guidelines. As of Monday morning, her profile still said, “Speaker of the House, focused on strengthening America’s middle class and creating jobs; mother, grandmother, dark chocolate connoisseur.”

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Mary Margaret Olohan is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.










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4 Thoughts to “Democrats Beclowned as Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Ends Prayer Opening The 117th Congress with ‘Amen and Awoman’”

  1. Edward Wanalista

    Is it possible to correct the transcript of Rep Emanuel Cleaver’s 3 Jan 2021 Opening Prayer? Near the end of his prayer, there is a word which has been left out. It’s critical to his comments and his beliefs and affects the United States. Please add the word “Brahma” after the words “in the name of the monotheistic God”. This would be before the words “and the God known by many…” I feel he has done the US a grave injustice and the record needs to corrected. Its not “unintelligible”

  2. Karen

    Can we PLEASE add IQ requirements for Congress?????? Jeez…

  3. mikey whipwreck

    these truly are the dumbest people alive.

    1. Deplorable Bay Stater

      Are you absolutely sure that they’re alive? Or even real people, for that matter?

      Since nobody could actually be this dumb and still be breathing, I’m inclined to suspect that they’re actually androids, and that their inane verbal output is just the result of some obscure programming error.