President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be in Minneapolis on Thursday night for a jumbo campaign rally. They will be met by thousands of protesters, according to reports from local news organizations — plus multiple law enforcement agencies determined to keep the peace for one and all.
“Minneapolis is bracing for a chaotic scene, with President Trump set to speak Thursday in the heart of the city that overwhelmingly rejected him in 2016. Two dozen disparate groups plan to protest the visit, from civil rights advocates to labor unions and self-identifying antifa or anti-capitalists. Some estimate more than 10,000 people will flood downtown to oppose the president’s visit,” said the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Thursday.
“They will be confronted by counterdemonstrators supporting the president, some of whom follow him across the country such as Bikers for Trump, along with the Minnesota-based Three Percenters militia. That’s in addition to the Trump fans who plan to jam the 19,000-seat Target Center,” the Star Tribune reported.
Lt. Larry Elder, spokesman for the Minneapolis police, said his force will have the help of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, University of Minnesota police, Metro Transit police and the State Patrol, as well as local and federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and Secret Service.
In the meantime, Mr. Trump has feuded with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey over the costs of the event; both have traded hostile tweets. Mr. Trump, however, called Minnesota a “great state” during an appearance at the White House on Wednesday, and predicted the rally will be “a lot of fun”
But some things don’t change. The president’s devoted fans have been assembling outside the arena since Tuesday.
“More than 48 hours before the rally was scheduled to start, President Trump’s supporters began lining up outside the arena,” said Minnesota Public Radio. “Among the first in line was Dan Nelson, an engineer from Spring Lake Park, Minn. hoping to get a front-row seat. He wants to show the president how much he appreciates Trump’s tax and economic policies.”
“My company went from stagnant to growing and from no bonus to bonus. With the tax cuts alone, my check has gone up,” Mr. Nelson told the news organization.