Even though Donald Trump isn’t president right now, tens of millions of Americans support him, one of whom lives in Minnesota and says he’ll go to prison for the 45th commander-in-chief.
Jay Johnson, a Buffalo, Minnesota, resident and construction company owner, has violated municipal laws by flying a huge 50 x 30-foot custom-made “Trump 2020” flag over a piece of equipment. Rather than removing it, he claims he is willing to pay fines and serve time in prison.
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Johnson told WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, “It looks tiny because it’s 150 feet in the air, but it’s a pretty large flag.”
Johnson said that he took down the flag shortly after the November election, but that he recently decided to put it back up. He said that a few of his construction vehicles’ windows were shot out shortly afterward, and that the police are investigating.
On the same night, the windows of a Trump merchandise store in the same town were allegedly shot out, but no one has been arrested.
The windows were shot out with a BB gun, according to WCCO, but it was still an act of vandalism possibly caused by the Trump flag being flown.
Johnson said, “I’m ready to forgive the people who did it.” “All they have to do now is come forward and confess it. I offered a prize.”
So far, no one has shown interest.
Flying the flag, for the time being, is a breach of a Buffalo city ordinance that requires any sign as large as the flag to be approved, which he has yet to apply for. According to WCCO, city authorities are currently determining the best course of action in terms of implementing the ordinance.
Johnson said, “I’ll just put it up somewhere else, maybe even a bigger flag.”
The new flag, which cost $1,000 to make, and the crane to which it is attached, cost $50,000.
“I’m ready to pay the fines, get cuffed, go to prison, whatever it takes,” he said.
According to WCCO, residents of the city near Minneapolis claim both positive and bad things.
“It doesn’t concern me all that much; it’s just strange seeing it up again,” Patrick Cayanan said. “Like, are they running for re-election in 2024?”
City officials estimate they’ve received about 100 formal comments about the flag as of this writing, half of which are positive and half of which are negative.
If Trump runs for president again, it will almost certainly be in 2024, when he will be 78 years old. In recent weeks, he’s hinted at another run.
Trump teased with this applause line at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February: “May have to beat them a third time,” a nod to his persistent belief that he, not Joe Biden, will win in 2020.
He told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo the following month that he wants to wait to see what happens in the 2022 midterm elections before making a formal decision.
When asked about a third run for what would be his second term, he said, “We’ll make our decision after that.”
“Every poll indicates that they want me to run again, but we’ll wait and see. The first step is to see what we can do with the House,” he explained.