St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis represented in Congress by Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, finds itself in the middle of a firestorm after the city council voted to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings.
BizPac Review 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.