Trump Vows to Minnesota 'Patriots' To Fight for Pledge of Allegiance


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.

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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