Trump Weighs in on Minnesota Pledge Controversy: ‘I Will Be Fighting With You’

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President Donald Trump has weighed in on the ongoing controversy in St. Louis Park, where the City Council voted unanimously to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings.

“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!” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

The issue was brought to the president’s attention after Fox & Friends ran a number of segments highlighting the topic. On Tuesday, the morning news show played clips of Monday night’s City Council meeting, which attracted nearly 100 protesters in support of the pledge.

“Well, the folks came out because they said it only takes 15 seconds and it means a lot to us. This is America,” host Pete Hegseth, a Minnesota native, said on Tuesday’s show.

Protesters lined the streets Monday night before the City Council meeting, waving American flags and reciting the pledge.

They later packed the council chambers, but weren’t officially allowed to offer any public comment, as The Minnesota Sun reported. They did, however, call on some council members to resign, The Star Tribune reports.

Some local media outlets, like MPR News and City Pages, pushed back on the president’s characterization of the matter.

“The St. Louis Park City Council did not vote to take away anyone’s right to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Council members voted late last month to stop reciting the pledge at the start of its biweekly meetings,” said MPR News.

The issue wasn’t resolved Monday night as the City Council didn’t take a vote on restoring the pledge. But two proposals were introduced, one that would reverse the decision and another that would open up the discussion to the community.

St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano said he was out of town during the initial June 17 vote, so while he “was not a fan of the proposal,” he didn’t “get a chance to vote on this.”

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News, The Ohio Star, and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to anthony.gockowski@gmail.com.
Photo “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 3.0. Background Photo “St. Louis Park Protest” by John Lauritsen. 

 

 

 

 

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One Thought to “Trump Weighs in on Minnesota Pledge Controversy: ‘I Will Be Fighting With You’”

  1. M. Flatt

    It’s not the lack of the Pledge that’s the problem. The problem is the reason it was dropped. People were getting “uncomfortable” with it being recited. (I realize there are some religious groups that have a problem with pledges, but they are a very tiny minority, usually in the Northeastern US.)
    What is the [REDACTED] problem with declaring one’s allegiance with the country that gives them so much freedom?
    I am reminded of an incident where Lewis Grizzard complained to his father about his (off key) singing the National Anthem. “It embarrasses me when you do that.” he said.
    “Son,” his father replied, “It embarrasses me that you don’t!”

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