President Donald Trump holds a rally at Target Center in Minneapolis

President Donald Trump holds a rally at Target Center in Minneapolis

After coming close to taking Minnesota in 2016 Trump looks to swing voters for 2020

On Oct. 10 President Donald Trump held a 2020 election campaign one mile away from campus on Oct. 10 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The two-and-a-half-hour event led to a days’ worth of activity in downtown, starting with a long line leading from the stadium and culminating in police crowd control of the protesters outside of the rally. 

During the election of 2016, President Trump ran against Democratice Nominee Hillary Clinton, Minnesota almost went ‘red’ for the first time since 1972 when Richard Nixon won the state. That close race has been a big draw for the president to try and win the state again.

“For the next 13 months we are going to fight with all of our heart and soul, and we are going to win the great state of Minnesota in 2020.” said President Trump during the opening segment of his rally speech.

His 90 minute speech addressed topics of his impeachment, the economy, the Bidens, immigration, Minneapolis elected officials, Minneapolis Police Department and more. Before the rally, the mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey both denounced the president’s rally to take place in “his” city and also demanded that the White House pay the bill for the event.

“Our entire city will stand not behind the President, but behind the communities and people who continue to make our city… great,” said Mayor Frey, “his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis.”

The statement displeased  both the president, who addressed his opinions in the speech, and the StarTribune’s editorial board. Ilhan Omar,Minneapolis’s U.S Representative found herself being targeted by the President at the rally. Trump referenced  her comments she made about 9/11 on CBS’ “Face the Nation”.

“Congresswoman Omar is an America hating socialist,” said the President, “she minimized the September 11th attack on our homeland.” Later adding, “ how do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota? I’m very angry at you people right now.”

Outside of the rally thousands of people came to protest on the streets with signs of various intensist, from impeachment puns to one that compared killing President Trump to killing Nazis. Trump supporters were spread throughout the crowd, while being verbally harassed by protesters. With talking to protesters, there was a commonality of timidity about the President’s path for America. As the night grew on the crowd grew roudier with shouting matches taking place between protesters and supporters. The crowd violence escalated. Outside the stadium a person was punched and protests began to light MAGA apparel on fire. Eventually the police broke up the protests because they were getting to the point of being uncontainable.

Trump’s Rally here in Minneapolis definitely left an impact on the community around it. Did the rally harm or help Trump and the Republicans racing for Minnesota U.S Senate? The answer lies ahead in the 2020 election.