By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A Minnesota city council has reinstated the recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance” after experiencing a huge public backlash for removing it in the first place.
After being criticized by citizens and by President Donald Trump as well, members of the St. Louis Park city council reinstated the pledge after voting to stop reciting it unanimously in June.
Not everyone who does business with the city or has a conversation is a citizen,â€ Anne Mavity, one of the council members,Â told KARE 11Â following the vote. â€œThey certainly donâ€™t need to come into city council chambers and pledge their allegiance to our country in order to tell us what their input is about a sidewalk in front of their home.â€
Obviously, not all residents agreed. â€œI think thereâ€™s more things to worry about than just the Pledge of Allegiance. You get excited about that, I hate to see what else you get excited about,â€ veteran Mike Thingvold told KARE 11.
â€œYes, we need to have conversations about inclusion, diversity. Absolutely,â€ added Tammy Hopps as she passed out small American flags in June. â€œBut we need to do it under this symbol.â€
POTUS Trump even went so far as to predict that the council’s vote would lead him to victory in the blue-leaning state next year.
In any event, the council reversed its decision Monday and voted unanimously to reinstitute the pledge.
Initially, restoring the pledge was not on the council schedule but member Thom Miller made a motion to bring it to a vote.
â€œThere are many from outside of St. Louis Park who are abusing and harassing our city staff, making it very difficult for them to serve the residents and businesses in our city, which is the very reason our local government exists,â€ he told the crowd of more than 100 people, theÂ Minneapolis Star-TribuneÂ reported.
â€œIâ€™ve concluded that I made a mistake and Iâ€™m sorry and Iâ€™m asking for forgiveness,â€ council member Steve Hallifan said, asÂ reported by Fox9.
â€œItâ€™s impacting our staffâ€™s productivity and mental health. Our wonderful staff. Itâ€™s costing us money,â€ council member Margaret Rog said.
The Minnesota Republican said in a statement on Twitter:
â€œTonight, St. Louis Park City Council chose to listen to their constituents, & fellow Americans, by restoring the Pledge as a part of their meetings. Republicans & Democrats alike should be proud to recite the Pledge of Allegiance & not made to feel ashamed of being Americans.â€
Tonight, St. Louis Park City Council chose to listen to their constituents, & fellow Americans, by restoring the Pledge as a part of their meetings. Republicans & Democrats alike should be proud to recite the Pledge of Allegiance & not made to feel ashamed of being Americans.
— MNGOP (@mngop) July 16, 2019
Residents who came to the meeting shared some thoughts.
â€œI want to make sure that our traditions continue to be recognized because this is a great country,â€ said Michael Smith, from Eden Prairie. â€œOur pledge needs to be said.â€
â€œWhy take that right away from other Americans who are really proud to be united and indivisible in one nation?â€ Marni Hockenberg added. â€œI think the Pledge of Allegiance celebrates our diversity, that weâ€™re all united.â€
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