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A Minnesota Senate candidate believes as urban liberals become “more crazy,” the state could flip red for the first time in decades.
GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis credited recent protests and civil unrest as well as economic challenges in the face of the coronavirus lockdowns with giving President Trump a boost in momentum in Minnesota which could give him a victory there in November.
(Source: Fox News)
“It’s sort of a microcosm of the entire country. As the urban liberals become a little bit more crazy, it drives everybody else into Trump country and red country,” Lewis said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”
“And especially so since Donald Trump has done the most important thing he could for the GOP, and he’s brought the working man and woman back to the party,” the former congressman, who is facing off against incumbent Democrat Tina Smith in the Minnesota Senate race, said.
He noted how that has played well in the past as Trump lost Minnesota by just 44,000 votes in 2016. The president is hoping to become the first Republican to win the North Star State since Richard Nixon in 1972.
“When you’re driving people away from the city because they don’t have public order…those are predominately urban liberal elites in many cases,” Lewis continued. “And they’re leaving, it means that public order is issue number one. Everything started, as you know, in Minneapolis and so now the suburbs are coming back and it puts our state right in the smack-dab middle of it.”
“I think we are going to win, and I think the president is going to win,” he added.
Lewis believed the economic issue, as well as concerns over law and order, are driving voters, noting that the two are related.
“I think it’s both and I think they’re connected,” he said.
“When you have a governor who refused to drop or lift the lockdowns, that puts all of those folks in greater Minnesota out of work,” he explained, referring to Democratic Gov. Tim Walz.
“So those people were saying ‘you’re not going to restore public order after Memorial Day, you’re not going to do that but you’re preventing me from conducting business, you’re shutting down my business…?'” he added, referring to protests and rioting that erupted after the death of George Floyd at the end of May.
Many Minneapolis residents and business owners have felt that local and state officials dropped the ball and have not helped those struggling to get back to work after riots destroyed their livelihoods. Flora Westbrooks, the owner of Flora’s Hair Designs which was burned down during rioting, told Fox News this week that she has yet to receive any help for her business.
And, to add insult to injury, the city tore down the burned out building out of safety concerns and then billed the business owner for the cost. Westbrooks pleaded with President Trump to come to the aid of hurting business owners like herself.
Owner of Minneapolis salon torched in riots pleads for Trump to visit, feels abandoned by local officials https://t.co/TkCUtsdf28
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 3, 2020
The Trump campaign targeted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for standing with “rioters and looters” in Minneapolis, where new ads went up this week as the president mounted a strong challenge to win the state.
Campaign literature made its way into residents’ mailboxes and millions in advertising is being spent in an effort to narrow the gap between Trump and Biden in the state where early voting is set to begin on Sept. 18. According to the RealClearPolitics average, Biden leads Trump by 5.3 points in Minnesota.