A Minnesota city that voted to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from its meetings just got bad news from the president of the United States.
Last month, the city council of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, voted unanimously to ban the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at its regular meetings.
The council said its decision was based on concerns that some residents may be offended by it.
As you can imagine, the council’s decision resulted in much controversy.
Most recently, the council was met with a throng of protesters at its Monday night meeting. Even though public input was not on the agenda, protesters made their voices heard by chanting the pledge during the proceedings.
The tensions were publicized enough that they caught the eye of the commander in chief. And Trump let his opinion be known.
“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,” President Trump tweeted. “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
All of the recent attention was not without impact on the Minnesota town.
The St. Louis Park City Council introduced two resolutions at Monday’s meeting to address the issue.
The resolutions aim to “either reverse the decision or study the matter further,” according to The Washington Times.
Some are accusing the president of “gaslighting” the issue because the council’s action only removed the pledge from the meetings; the resolution did not address the pledge outside of that context.
No one is taking away anyone’s right to recite the pledge. One city council realized it was a waste of time and took it out of the meetings. Once again you try to inflate a nonissue to cause division What is wrong with you? There is something truly off about this trump character.
— T (@labguy423) July 9, 2019
While Trump’s tweet didn’t mention the ban’s limitation on meetings, he did not claim the resolution expands beyond the council’s meetings either.
It is the citizens’ right to want their representatives to say, hear and remember the Pledge of Allegiance before each city council meeting. And when the council makes that impossible, it is taking action against the pledge and people who would want it heard and remembered in that context.
The pledge may be merely a symbolic creed, but it is one symbolic of the freedom and greatness of our nation.
If I have to choose between a president who is apathetic about the pledge or who is passionate about it, I unashamedly choose the patriotism of the latter.
American patriotism is certainly more than the recitation of a pledge. But disregard for the truths within it will lead to this country’s demise and an abandonment of our nation’s most basic principles.
A version of this story appears on the Western Journal website.