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Trump campaign slams Minnesota officials for limiting Trump rally at last minute

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 10/30/2020 Katherine Doyle
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President Trump's reelection campaign slammed "free speech stifling dictates" in Minnesota that will limit attendance at a Friday evening rally, billing the move as a partisan shot by the state's Democratic leadership.

"Trump will be speaking to the people assembled there, but he will also be speaking directly to every citizen who lives in one of these Democratic lockdown states," Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh told reporters on a call.

"Now, the president wants everyone to be safe and take precautions, but he knows that we need to keep reopening America. Biden represents lockdown, along with the Democratic governors in the states," he added.

The Trump campaign lashed out at Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, both Democrats, late Thursday over directives to restrict attendance at the Friday rally.

The notice came after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced a socially distanced drive-in rally in St. Paul at 3:30 p.m., 90 minutes before the start of Trump’s event, his fourth campaign visit to the state this year.

"Without question, Minnesota Democrats had hoped the president would simply cancel the event, but he will not allow partisan politicians to deprive people of their First Amendment rights to gather peacefully to hear directly from the president," said Republican nominee for Minnesota's 7th Congressional District Michelle Fischbach.

"Biden is playing defense in a state won by Hillary Clinton," Murtaugh added. Trump came close to winning the state in 2016, missing by about 40,000 votes.

Fischbach said on the call that Biden's last-minute campaign stop to a state that "Democrats have safely held for nearly half a century ... should tell you everything you need to know about the state of this race."

Biden leads Trump by 5 percentage points among likely voters, 48% to 43%, according to RealClearPolitics's average of recent Minnesota polls.

The 250-person limit on outdoor rallies in Minnesota was imposed because Biden “can’t draw flies,” Trump told reporters outside of the White House on Friday.

"We’re having a problem with some people in Minnesota where they have a cap because Biden goes there, and he can’t draw flies. He can’t draw anybody. Gets a few cars, I guess, and they honk their horns," Trump said.

Stopping at a rally in Michigan, Trump claimed Minnesota's Democratic leaders were "scamming us" and said that "they thought I’d cancel, but I’m not canceling, and we’ll find out what happens."

Trump and Biden will go head-to-head again on Saturday in Pennsylvania, where Trump has four campaign events scheduled.

Tags: News, Minnesota, Donald Trump, White House, Coronavirus, 2020 Elections, Campaign 2020, Campaigns

Original Author: Katherine Doyle

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