The city of Buffalo, Minnesota isn’t happy with business owner Jay Johnson. Just because his Trump flag is a little larger than usual is no reason to take it down, the entrepreneur insists. He is “willing to pay a fine” or even “go to jail.” “What about a permit?” You may ask. Others have tried but the answer remains elusive.
Violating a city ordinance
Minnesota business owner Jay Johnson says he’s willing to pay a fine or even “go to jail” if that’s what it takes to keep his 50-by-30-foot “Trump 2020” flag waving in the breeze, even if city officials do say it’s violating a local ordinance.
It’s proudly displayed on the top of a crane at his construction business located in a suburb of Minneapolis. “It looks small because it’s 150 feet in the air, but it’s a pretty big flag.”
Johnson wasn’t real happy with the results of the “election” but took it down soon after. Now that former President Donald Trump is holding court at Mar-a-Lago and the republican party is rounding up the RINO’s to get ready for the mid-terms, Johnson decided to let his freak flag fly once again, whether the city likes it or not.
The city isn’t the only one unhappy with the construction contractor. Right after his flag went back up, “a few of his construction vehicles’ windows were shot out.” Police are allegedly investigating that but this is a deep blue liberal state and Minneapolis is the epicenter of last year’s Black Lives Matter violence and insurrection.
The police told Johnson that a “store that sells Trump merchandise in the same town also reportedly had its windows shot out on the same night.” Nobody has been arrested.
Around 100 formal comments
Buffalo city officials relate that they really don’t have a choice about the flag because “a flag as large as his must be licensed.” So far, they have officially logged “around 100 formal comments over the flag – half positive, half negative.”
They haven’t been rushing to enforce the law over it but are hoping not to have to force the issue. Johnson’s neighbor is taking it in stride.
“It doesn’t really bother me much, it’s just weird seeing it up again,” Patrick Cayanan told reporters. He thought all the Trump nonsense was over. “Like, are they campaigning again for 2024?” Possibly.
It seems to also have a general feel of support for conservative philosophy in a city where nationalism is being canceled out in favor of bus-load after bus-load of incoming illegal immigrants.
Johnson doesn’t seem to be real concerned about the whole issue but one thing is certain, the flag won’t be coming down. He has some options. If the city demands he take it down, he may move it. Or “even fly a larger flag.” He’s not feeling real compliant these days.
“I am prepared to get the fines, ultimately get cuffed, go to jail, whatever.” Reporters say they checked and can’t find a record saying he “applied for a permit for the flag.” They don’t know and he’s not saying “if he considered that an option.” With all the anarchy in that state last year, nobody can blame him for thumbing his nose at non-existent authority. They weren’t there to protect his crane from looters and vandals then, were they?