As President Trump plans to hold a campaign rally in Minneapolis’ Target Center later this week, campaign manager Brad Parscale publicly criticized Mayor Jacob Frey (D-Minn.) for charging the campaign a security fee of over half a million dollars, The Hill reports.
After the Target Center was charged a security fee of $530,000 for the upcoming event, the campaign released an official statement deriding Frey as a “radical leftist mayor” who is “abusing the power of his office and attempting to extort President Trump’s re-election campaign…in an effort to block a scheduled Keep America Great rally.”
Parscale posted the statement on Twitter, further mocking Frey and accusing him of “trying to deny the rights of his own city’s residents just because he hates the President.”
Minnesota is becoming increasingly more prolific in the build-up to the 2020 presidential election. Although it has not voted for a Republican candidate since Richard Nixon in 1972, President Trump came closer to winning the state than any other Republican since Ronald Reagan in 1984, losing it to Hillary Clinton by a mere 1.5 percent (just under 45,000 votes).
CNN recently sent a reporter to Minnesota to gauge the political mood there, and found that more voters in the formerly deep-blue state are turning to President Trump. To this end, President Trump has taken full advantage of exposing the radical positions and anti-Semitism of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has been turning many Minnesota voters against the Democratic Party, and even spurred speculation of possible primary challengers for her seat next year.