President Donald Trump is weighing in on one city council’s decision to forgo citing the Pledge of Allegiance.
As an effort to serve a “more welcoming environment to a diverse community,” the St. Louis, Minnesota city council voted 5-0 on June 17 to stop the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings.
Their decision — one made in a district run by Democrats, including freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — drew a reaction from the president, as he blasted the move and sided with the “Patriots” who “are now having to fight for the right to say the Pledge of Allegiance.”
“I will be fighting with you!” Trump vowed, in response to a segment on “Fox & Friends.”
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
“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 previously said. “If we have an appropriate opportunity, if we have a boy scout color guards or others in attendance or if its a special occasion we will consider using the pledge of allegiance before the meetings.”
St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano noted on Monday that he was “out of the state” at the time of the vote. Therefore, he didn’t have the opportunity to cast his vote. However, he is “not a fan of the proposal” and asked his colleagues to “revisit this decision” on Monday evening.
The city council’s decision was met with criticism by many, as people showed up in protest on Monday, many carrying American flags.
The group will not be silenced. Proud of these Patriots for showing up, standing up for their values and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/gy67V0gF0u
— Jennifer Carnahan (@jkcarnah) July 8, 2019
“A lot of our culture is based on traditions,” military veteran Jack Dunn said in response. “The Pledge of Allegiance, being patriots, is a part of that.”
Council Member Anne Mavity said they “clearly fumbled by not anticipating the desire of our St. Louis Park residents to be in conversation about this.”