St. Paul City Council condemns Trump's anti-Muslim speech

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Minnesota's capital city has voted to condemn Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, but he won't be banned from the City of St. Paul.

The St. Paul City Council voted 6-1 Wednesday in support of a resolution that condemns "anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant speech from presidential candidate Donald Trump and others."

The resolution comes after Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States in wake of recent high-profile terrorist attacks in the U.S. and abroad.

The resolution initially included wording that said Trump wasn't welcome in the city, but that was omitted before Wednesday's vote after it drew much criticism, including an editorial from the Star Tribune that said a "not welcome" declaration against the Republican went too far.

Dan Bostrom, the lone council member who voted against the resolution, said he may not like what Trump says, but he wasn't going to try and limit the presidential candidate's right to say it, the Star Tribune says.

Council Member Dai Thao, who sponsored the resolution, said it was not meant to limit Trump's right to freedom of speech, but to stand up to hate speech, he said at the meeting. It also shows the City of St. Paul welcomes immigrants and refugees of all backgrounds, the Pioneer Press notes.

"Hate speech incites harm, fear ... and cuts into the core fabric of our nation," Thao said in his address to the council, according to the Pioneer Press. "I've gotten so many threats, racist letters, telling me to 'go back to my country and eat rice.' People like Donald Trump, who preach hate, are very American ... and I'm somehow un-American?"

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