Minnesota Business Owner Says He’ll ‘Go To Jail’ Over Massive Trump Flag

Donald Trump may not be president at the moment, but passion for him still runs high among tens of millions of Americans, one of whom lives in Minnesota and who says he’ll go to jail for the 45th commander-in-chief.

Jay Johnson, a Buffalo, Minn., resident and owner of a construction company, has run afoul of local ordinances for flying a massive 50 x 30-foot custom made “Trump 2020” flag above a piece of equipment. But rather than take it down, he says he’s prepared to pay fines and spend time in jail.

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“It looks small because it’s 150 feet in the air, but it’s a pretty big flag,” Johnson told WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

Fox News added:

Johnson said he took down the flag soon after the November election but decided to put it up again recently. He said soon afterward, a few of his construction vehicles’ windows were shot out, which the police are investigating.

A store that sells Trump merchandise in the same town also reportedly had its windows shot out on the same night but no one has been arrested.

WCCO clarified that the windows were shot out by someone with a BB gun, but nevertheless, it was an act of destruction likely caused by the flying of the Trump flag.

“I’m willing to forgive the people that did it,” Johnson said. “They just got to come forward and admit it. I put a reward out.”

No takers so far.

For the time being, though, flying the flag is a violation of a Buffalo city ordinance with says any sign as big as the flag has to be licensed, but he’s yet to apply for one. WCCO quoted a city official who said at present, officials were trying to determine the best way forward in terms of enforcing the ordinance.

“I’ll just put it up someplace else, and maybe even a bigger flag,” Johnson said.

The current flag was custom made and cost $1,000 and the crane it is attached to $50,000.

“I am prepared to get the fines, ultimately get cuffed, go to jail, whatever,” he said.

Residents of the city near Minneapolis say good and bad things, WCCO reported.

“It doesn’t really bother me much, it’s just weird seeing it up again,” Patrick Cayanan said. “Like, are they campaigning again for 2024?”

As of this writing, city officials say they’ve received about 100 formal comments about the flag, half of which are good and half of which are negative.

Regarding a future electoral bid by Trump, it would really have to be 2024 most likely, when he’ll already be 78. And he’s teased another run in recent weeks.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, Trump teased with this applause line: He “may have to beat them a third time,” a reference to his continued believe that he won in 2020, not Joe Biden.

The following month he told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that he wants to wait and see what happens in 2022 during the midterms before he makes a formal decision.

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“We will make our decision after that,” he said when asked about a third run for what would be his second term.

“Based on every poll, they want me to run again but we’re gonna take a look and we’ll see. First step’s first, we have to see what we can do with the House,” he said.

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