Protesters Demand To Bring Back The Pledge of Allegiance Before City Council Meetings.
Protesters from Rep. Omar Ilhan’s district, St. Louis Park, met at city hall to voice their opposition about the elimination of the Pledge of Allegiance at city meetings last week. The city council voted 5-0 to stop reciting the pledge on June 17 because of diversity.
A council member said, “We concluded that to create a more welcoming environment to a diverse community, we’re going to forgo saying the Pledge of Allegiance before every meeting.”
Mayor of St. Louis Park Jake Spano told Fox News, “I would like to see the pledge brought back, I’ve been clear with my colleagues about that and that’s what I think this conversation is going to be moving forward.”
Before council members came to meet last Monday, approximately 100 protesters had gathered at city hall waving American flags and chanting “USA!”
The city council meeting ended without a clear resolution, but city council members plan to revisit the issue.
St Louis Park City Hall was flooded with angry phone calls and emails regarding the Pledge of Allegiance. Some city employees claim they were verbally harassed by people who were upset about the ban.
Council member Anne Mavity, who proposed the measure to eliminate the pledge, was surprised by the opposition, stating: “I’m appalled that our little suburban community meeting protocols has sparked this polarizing conversation in our community on what it means to be patriotic.”
A wild scene here in St. Louis Park as the crowd breaks into an impromptu Pledge of Allegiance recitation. The council just walked in for a study session — this isn’t a regular board meeting @kare11 pic.twitter.com/QTotN1Qltu— Danny Spewak (@DannySpewak) July 8, 2019
Trump chimed in a few times via Twitter:
The Pledge of Allegiance to our great Country, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is under siege. That is why I am going to win the Great State of Minnesota in the 2020 Election. People are sick and tired of this stupidity and disloyalty to our wonderful USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
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
Some say the elimination of the Pledge of Allegiance at council meetings isn’t such a big deal, but others feel this is just the beginning of a trend that is sure to happen if patriots do not stand up and voice their opinions.