President Trump is not one to shy away from a fight. Never has and never will. Trump just joined the fray in a battle over the pledge of allegiance playing out in Ilhan Omar’s home district.
A city council in Iham Omar’s district voted to not say the pledge before council meetings as is customary.
The backlash was swift and fierce. Protesters have swarmed council meetings waving American flags while the GOP repeatedly ripped the decision.
Now that Trump has joined the fight, expect the city council to cave quickly.
From The Star Tribune: Defenders fighting to restore the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance before St. Louis Park City Council meetings have a new ally.
President Donald Trump said in a tweet Tuesday morning, “Outrage is growing in the Great State of Minnesota where our Patriots are now having to fight for the right to say the Pledge of Allegiance. I will be fighting with you!”
Monday night in St. Louis Park, nearly 100 often raucous protesters jammed into council chambers to urge the city to keep saying the pledge.
Angered that the city had voted to nix the pledge, protesters recited it several times and waved American flags as they confronted the council and called on them to resign.
No vote was taken, but two proposals were introduced to either reverse the decision or continue the discussion with involvement from the community.
The City Council voted 5-0 on June 17 to do away with the pledge at most meetings, due to concerns that some residents in the “increasingly diverse community” may find it unwelcoming.
Last month’s vote prompted a backlash at the local and national level, and hundreds of people called or e-mailed the city to protest. Mayor Jake Spano announced on Twitter later that week that the council would be revisiting its decision.
St. Louis Park, located in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s 5th congressional district in Minnesota, was the site of a recent uproar after its city council voted unanimously to do away with the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings.
The move, the group claimed, was an effort to serve a more “diverse community.”
“We concluded that in order to create a more welcoming environment to a diverse community we’re going to forgo saying the Pledge of Allegiance before every meeting,” council member Tim Brausen said before a 5-0 vote to amend the proceedings.
Outrage is growing in the Great State of Minnesota where our Patriots are now having to fight for the right to say the Pledge of Allegiance. I will be fighting with you! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2019
A Minnesota city voted to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance. It didn’t go over well. https://t.co/3Wx8xyt02P
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 28, 2019