Ultimately, D.C. statehood won’t be won or lost over linguistic battles: it will depend on whether Democratic senators, notably narcissist and ideologue Joe Manchin and Manic Pixie Dream Senator Sinema decide to limit the filibuster further, and allow a statehood bill to come to the floor.
That said, I’ve noticed that Republicans, who used to inveigh against “Washington” (or Wor-Shing-Tun), are now decrying “D.C.” Some of that, no doubt, is due to the ‘Twitterization’ of language–D.C. (or DC) is fewer characters*. But the problem is D.C. residents refer to D.C. statehood because, to us, D.C. is home, and ‘Washington’ is that federal entity
which often fucks us over. But to much of the country, I think “D.C.” is increasingly becoming the term of condemnation.
Just something to look out for.
*I’m convinced this phenomenon actually has hurt ‘antifa’, since spelling out ‘anti-fascist’ would make it clear how ridiculous getting worked up over ANTIFA SOOPER SOLDIERS!! is, especially in light of a Republican president who actually fomented insurrection and violent opposition to the lawful transition of power.