St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis represented in Congress by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, finds itself in the middle of a firestorm of sorts after the city council voted to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings.
Of course, President Donald Trump has much to do with that.
Decked out in patriotic garb and waving American flags, a contingent of protesters turned out at a city council meeting this week calling for the Pledge of Allegiance to be brought back, WCCO-TV reporter John Lauritsen tweeted.
Protesters outside of St. Louis Park City Hall saying the Pledge of Allegiance. They want the city council to bring it back to council meetings. Last month the council voted to stop saying it at their meetings. @WCCO pic.twitter.com/ubDKOQgUy9
— John Lauritsen (@JDLauritsen) July 8, 2019
The city council voted unanimously to eliminate the pledge last month, and as he is wont to do, President Donald Trump threw gasoline on a burning fire this week when he weighed in on the issue.
“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,” the president tweeted on Tuesday. “I will be fighting with you!
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
Council member Tim Brausen reportedly said before the vote, “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.”
A fair question is why would the Pledge of Allegiance be unwelcoming in the United States of America?
A packed house turned out for a Tuesday meeting called to discuss the decision and while the session was not meant to include public input, community members didn’t let that stop them from speaking their piece, WCCO-TV reported.
“It’s a free country. If you want to say it, you can say it. If you don’t want to say it, you don’t have to say it, but you shouldn’t have the right to take the choice away from me,” protester Michele Even told the CBS affiliate.
Minnesota Senate Republicans were only too happy to share that the unpopular vote was all Democrats.
SHOCKING: Democrats on the St. Louis Park, MN City Council voted unanimously to eliminate the pledge of allegiance at their meetings. 🧐 pic.twitter.com/quurAmBm3I
— Minnesota Senate Republicans (@mnsrc) June 26, 2019
Turns out, St. Louis Park isn’t the only city council in Minnesota to make this decision. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported that council member Anne Mavity said roughly half of the cities in the state, to including Minneapolis, do not recite the Pledge before meetings.
To better understand why so many on the left is opposed to the Pledge of Allegiance, a review of the actual words is instructive.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
A unified nation adhering to Judeo-Christian values is the antithesis of everything the radical left Democratic Party stands for today.
This being confirmed in a tweet from a member of “Bernie’s Army,” who called the patriotic protesters “hayseeds.”
These people are just hayseeds. Those @stlouispark council members should stay strong on their decision to get rid of the Pledge. If those people wanna say the Pledge that bad, they can say it at home before they leave the house.
— Time_For_Change (@MattJHowland) July 9, 2019
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
I like a good protest. I wonder how long until mainstream media says these protesters were white supremacists
— MF (@BenBiking) July 9, 2019
How is “Liberty and justice for ALL” not “welcoming”?? It’s not a perfect world and we are not a perfect country, but this pledge embodies our hope for all US citizens. #GOALS
— sooneralum78 (@sooneralum78) July 10, 2019
It’s Omar’s district and by the looks at most of the comments some don’t care whether they say it or not! Pathetic
— Leroy Forshee (@LeroyForshee) July 10, 2019
Dear Minnesota, you have a chance in 2020 to stick it to the left. vote for @realDonaldTrump and kick out the democrats who hate the pledge
— robs_tweeting (@Robs_tweeting) July 9, 2019
Saying the pledge of allegiance is more about acknowledging the community and country in which we live allows for local government, peaceful assembly and the opportunity to have the freedoms and liberties accorded to us by living in this country. Not everyone has this opportunity
— Mark Traeger (@Traegs02) July 9, 2019
The irony of a local council in @IlhanMN's district getting rid of the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings is that she accused pro-Israel Americans of having "allegiance to a foreign country."
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) July 10, 2019
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