Thousands of protesters are expected to greet President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE as he arrives for a rally in Minneapolis on Thursday.
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There are estimates that more than 10,000 will protest the 2020 campaign rally, as two dozen separate organizations plan to make an appearance, from civil rights groups to labor unions to anti-capitalists, the Star Tribune reported.
The infamous Trump baby blimp is also expected to fly during the protests.
PROTEST BALLOON: WCCO caught video this afternoon of the infamous “Trump Baby” balloon, which was brought into town for Thursday’s rally. It’s floating at the Saloon nightclub on Hennepin Avenue just a few blocks from Target Center. pic.twitter.com/pBYG0pb3BW
— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) October 9, 2019
Protesters supporting the president will also reportedly be in attendance, including Bikers for Trump and the Minnesota-based Three Percenters. Pro-Trump demonstrators will also be protesting against the local Democratic mayor.
Rally attendees are set to pack into the Target Center, which seats 19,000.
The president is scheduled to arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 5:55 p.m. for his 7 p.m. event.
Mayor Jacob Frey, who has been feuding with the president over the rally’s security fees, said the city has been planning for the event and expected turnout.
“Our police officers in the city of Minneapolis will be enforcing the law,” Frey told the Star Tribune. “We’re going to be looking out for the safety of every single person present — whether you are protesting in opposition or attending in support. That is our responsibility.”
The police have reportedly asked protesters to leave their weapons at home.
The president and his campaign called out the city and Frey, accusing them of “attempting to extort” the campaign with security fees related the rally. The fees were charged to the Target Center, and the center allegedly attempted to pass on the charges to the campaign.
Frey told reporters that he does not “have time to be tweeting garbage out, so it’s kinda surprising when POTUS has the time to do this himself.”
Yawn… Welcome to Minneapolis where we pay our bills, we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors. https://t.co/v1cXvoD9uR
— Jacob Frey (@Jacob_Frey) October 8, 2019
Thursday’s rally, part of Trump’s effort to flip Minnesota from blue to red in 2020, comes in the district of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE, one of his favorite targets among House Democrats. Trump came under bipartisan criticism after a North Carolina rally this summer at which the crowd chanted “send her back” after the president brought up the freshman lawmaker.
–This report was updated at 4:17 p.m.