Democrats prepare to push back against President Trump during Thursday's visit

Updated: October 09, 2019 10:11 PM

Democrats are pushing back against President Trump’s visit to Minneapolis on Thursday.

A 20-foot tall “Baby Trump” balloon was inflated outside of The Saloon, a gay bar downtown. It’s just a couple blocks from Target Center.


People stopped by to take pictures all day and into the evening Wednesday as others prepared their own message.

Dozens gathered at Powderhorn Park for several hours on Wednesday to make signs opposing the President.

“Trump has diluted his followers into thinking he’s a champion of the working person and he is not,” said Polly Kellogg.

She’s part of a group that protests President Trump’s administration every Tuesday. They plan to demonstrate at Target Center.

“Tomorrow at Target Center, you know, they're going to make it look like a battle between the 99 percent and that's what he's created,” said Kellogg. “Very divisive.”

Several celebrities, including Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing, have voiced support for the Minnesota DFL. They shared the DFL’s fundraising campaign, "#MoneyBlizzard," on Twitter. It launched on Monday and had more than 1,400 donors by Wednesday.  

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“There is no doubt Minnesota is going to be a battleground, this is going to be ground zero in the 2020 election,” said Ken Martin, the DFL Party chairperson.

“In my time in politics here in Minnesota, which is many years now, I’ve never seen an investment by a Republican presidential candidate this early, that's been more deep and robust as this investment has been,” said Martin.

He told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they plan to spend Thursday making phone calls and knocking on doors to talk to voters statewide about issues like health care and the economy.

“This is still a blue state and we are going to make sure it is still blue on November 3 of 2020,” said Martin.

As President Trump works to flip a state he narrowly lost in 2016, the attention is also elevating the DFL message.

“It’s a huge boon to us,” said Martin. “A lot of people come out of the woodwork and are willing to roll up their sleeves and join forces with the DFL to stand in solidarity.”

First Avenue, which is across the street from Target Center, plans to donate Thursday’s profits to Planned Parenthood.

First Avenue CEO, Dayna Frank, said:

"While we are not a political organization, First Avenue has hosted candidates and events across the political spectrum and supports diversity of thought. However, the actions and policies of this administration are in direct conflict to our core values. First Avenue believes in radical inclusivity; every person needs to be treated with dignity, respect, and professionalism. 

"Our Mission Statement explicitly outlines First Avenue's goal of fostering a unique, diverse, and innovative cultural environment. We'll be staying open on Thursday to ensure fans can experience the shows as planned, and we'll be donating all profits to Planned Parenthood. We're happy to support an organization dedicated to equal access to healthcare for all.”

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