... the people of the District of Columbia and of its democratically-elected government, both of whom have made it clear on numerous occasions that they want statehood ...
Which was a shear act of arrogance on their parts.
"We've all decided that our (
medium sized) city is so important in our own minds that it should be it's own state. We all agree among ourselves
The process of any territory becoming a state always begins with the people of said territory deciding that they want to be a state and saying so. There's nothing even remotely arrogant about it.