President Trump was met with thousands of supporters at his Minnesota rally and one man has been working hard to get more of the state’s African-American community on board the Trump 2020 train.
With tens of thousands turning out at the Target Center to see Trump at his rally in Minneapolis on Thursday, one volunteer said he is focused on registering 15 Minnesota voters a day who will help the president flip the blue state in 2020.
“100%” @realDonaldTrump will win more of the black community, Ramon tells me!
Ramon is an amazing rally volunteers who has a goal of registering 15 VOTERS A DAY to vote for @POTUS in 2020.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 10, 2019
Ramon spoke with Trump’s 2020 press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ahead of the rally in the heart of Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s district, explaining that he is seeing a change in the support of African-American voters in the state.
“He’s the first president in the history of this – since I’ve been living – that made no bad moves towards African-Americans and he gets no credit,” Ramon said. “And it makes me feel bad.”
“I decided to do anything I can to help him out, you know, to get the African-American votes or to show that Trump is not a racist and he’s not the bad person that the media makes him out to be,” he added.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
“Do you think he’ll win more of the African-Americans this time than he did in 2016?” McEnany asked him.
“Sure. For sure 100%,” Ramon replied.
“I do voter registration here in Minnesota and I’ve got a lot of African-Americans signed up to vote and I’m sure he will have a lot of African-American votes here in Minnesota,” he said, adding that many of them are changing their support to back Trump in 2020.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2019
Trump’s rally in the “sanctuary city” brought thousands out to cheer him on following a contentious week of sparring with the city’s liberal mayor who attempted to charge $530,000 in security costs, sparking a threat from the Trump campaign to sue.
Trump slammed “lightweight” Mayor Jacob Frey and called on his supporters to “dump” both him and Omar in a tweet earlier in the week.
The lightweight mayor is hurting the great police and other wonderful supporters. 72,000 ticket requests already. Dump Frey and Omar! Make America Great Again! https://t.co/ibTqvSbsbn
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2019
Frey also earned backlash from for a last-minute Minnesota Police Department policy change which banned off-duty officers attending political events dressed in uniform. The police union fired back by designing and selling red “Cops for Trump” shirts to be worn at the event, vowing to fill the arena with a “sea of red.”
Minn officers to defy lib mayor’s Trump rally rules with clever T-shirts, predict ‘sea of red’ https://t.co/HwtWEB2sZi
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 8, 2019
Trump targeted Omar during his rally speech, asking the crowd at one point: “How do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota?”
He added that the “America-hating socialist” was “one of the big reasons that I am going to win and the Republican party is going to win Minnesota.”
Omar predicted she would be attacked by the president.
Trump will see his rally in my district today as an opportunity to attack me. But no smear will ever stop me from working toward what I’m in Congress to do:
✅ Pass Medicare for All
✅ Raise the minimum wage
✅ Repeal the Muslim ban
✅ Enact a Green New Deal
✅ Impeach Trump
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 10, 2019
And while she won 78% of her district in 2018, efforts by those like Ramon are making a noticeable difference in the state which Trump lost by only 1.5 points in 2016, with a margin of only 43,785 votes, to Hillary Clinton. Minnesota has not supported the Republican nominee for president since 1972 with Richard Nixon.
But Minnesota Democrats seem to be worried as they put out the word ahead of the rally.
Here’s why this is bad news for Dems everywhere: 1) Donald Trump came within 1.5 percentage points (or 44,470 votes) of winning statewide in Minnesota in 2016. That’s the 2nd closest Democratic state in the country after New Hampshire. pic.twitter.com/KBU3ln8uJq
— Minnesota DFL Party (@MinnesotaDFL) October 7, 2019
“If you look at the mold of Minnesota, it’s very similar to Wisconsin or Pennsylvania, especially in the breakdown of the counties,” McEnany told USA Today. “We’re going to pull out a victory this time.”
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