President Donald Trump says he will stand in support of activists in St. Louis who are fighting for the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited before St. Louis Park council meetings.
According to the Star Tribune, Trump tweeted this week: “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!”
Monday, nearly 100 protestors gathered at the St. Louis Park city council meeting to ask the council to keep saying the pledge at the meetings.
"Yes, we need to have conversations about inclusion, diversity,” said Tammy Hopps, who attended the meeting. “Absolutely. But we need to do it under this symbol (the US flag)."
When the council voted against it, protestors began to recite it several times and then asked for the council to resign their posts. The council voted 5-0 to stop saying the pledge at meetings to help welcome an “increasingly diverse community.”
Two proposals were made to either reverse the council’s decision or to table the issue for more discussion at a later date. Councilmember Anne Mavity, who first proposed the issue at a June meeting where the mayor was not present, said the council needs to “use the moment to start a conversation in St. Louis Park, on what it means for our residents… to be patriotic, and to live out our community values and principles.”
Neither the mayor nor any city council members have commented on the issue outside of council meetings.
St. Louis Park is the district represented by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
In Minnesota, the councils of Minneapolis, Robbinsdale and Edina do not say the Pledge of Allegiance, according to news station CBS Minnesota.
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