President Donald Trump is preparing to hold one of his famous MAGA rallies in Minneapolis. Trump, who lost Minnesota in 2016, is very interested in snapping up the state in 2020. He plans to show himself to the good people of Minneapolis at the Target Center. The venue then presented the president’s campaign with a $530,000 bill in advance for security and “other expenses.” The resulting tussle involved threats of lawsuits, the mayor of Minneapolis, and that city’s police department.
The Trump campaign threatened to sue the Target Center, pointing out that a health care rally held by President Barack Obama garnered a considerably cheaper security bill. Eventually, the venue backed off and offered a more reasonable bill, according to NBC News.
Then the mayor of the city stated that the president is not welcome in Minneapolis. Trump, who suspects that Mayor Jacob Frey was behind the excessive bill, made his displeasure known on Twitter.
“Someone please tell the Radical Left Mayor of Minneapolis that he can’t price out Free Speech. Probably illegal! I stand strongly & proudly with the great Police Officers and Law Enforcement of Minneapolis and the Great State of Minnesota! See you Thursday Night!”
Mayor Frey responded in kind.
“Someone tell the President of the United States that he can afford to help pay for the extra time our officers will be putting in while he’s in town.”
Frey has not been shy about his disdain for President Trump and all he stands for. While he, in his official capacity, cannot prevent the MAGA rally from happening, he stated snarkily, “message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis.”
The controversy has spilled over to the Minneapolis Police Department. Trump, like most pro-law enforcement politicians, likes to surround himself with police officers in uniform. The visual is very appealing to a great many voters. Trump has inveighed against anti-cop organizations such as Black Lives Matter, though paradoxically the president has been instrumental in passing prison reform legislation, addressed what many regard as the over-incarceration of young, black men.
In an apparent attempt to prevent Trump from surrounding himself with police officers in uniform, the MPD issued an edict that prohibited off duty police officers from going to the rally while wearing their uniforms, According to RedState, a police spokesperson stated that the order was issued to “prevent confusion.” The public might not know that a police officer in uniform is representing himself or the police union and not the department.
The Police Officer’s Federation of Minneapolis was not impressed. In order to get around the rule, the union is selling bright, MAGA red t-shirts with the caption, ”Cops for Trump” complete with the American flag as a backdrop.
The president tweeted that he was quite impressed by the shirts.
“Thank you to Lt. Bob Kroll of the great Minneapolis Police Department for your kind words on @foxandfriends. The Police are fighting the Radical Left Mayor and his ridiculous Uniform Ban. Actually, I LOVE the Cops for Trump shirts. Want to bring some home. I am with you 100%!!!!”
President Trump, the master salesperson that he is, offered a second tweet directing people interested in buying the shirt to the website where it could be bought.
Hot Air suggests that the dustup is not likely to redound to the credit of Mayor Frey. The excessive security bill has never been issued for any other event, not even sporting events with the city’s baseball and football teams, the Twins and the Vikings.
The ban on police officers attending the rally in uniform also seems just a tad arbitrary. “This may not turn out well for Frey, especially since the city has ordered police in the past to participate in presidential photo ops.” Only Trump is getting this kind of treatment. All the mayor seems to have accomplished is to provide the president with a great talking point when the rally does occur.
Mayor Frey did get support from Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. She tweeted, “Minnesota stands for peace, equity, and justice — everything you are against. While you spew hate, we will keep fighting for the America we deserve.”
Omar is currently involved in a messy divorce brought on by her cheating on her husband with a campaign manager. Some might also dispute whether she knows anything about peace, equity, or justice, based on her anti-Semitic record.