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President Trump talks impeachment inquiry, local Democratic politicians at 'Keep America Great' rally

Updated: October 10, 2019 10:33 PM

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence addressed supporters at Minneapolis' Target Center Thursday night. 

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This marked the first rally the president has held in Minneapolis. 

According to a KSTP reporter in downtown Minneapolis, supporters began gathering in the skyway overnight to make sure they could secure a spot for the rally. 

"We want to show our support," Veronica Diaz, who traveled from Milwaukee, said. "You have to go above and beyond sometimes and do those things that are spontaneous to show your support." 


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While the rally drew supporters, several protests also occurred. 

On Thursday morning, some city leaders spoke out against the president's visit. 

"Ours is a city built on, and propelled forward by, a commitment to inclusion," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said. "That means we look out for one another and rally around the fundamental belief that good governance demands results for all our residents."

Frey also proclaimed October 10,2019 "Love Trumps Hate Day" in the city of Minneapolis. 

Pence landed in Minnesota at 3:20 p.m. Once he has landed, Pence spoke at an event at Safety Signs in Lakeville. 

Trump tweeted about the visit: 

Before Trump arrived in Minnesota for the rally, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden released a statement regarding Minnesotan's healthcare: 

"Before Donald Trump even stepped foot into the Oval Office, he pledged to strip millions of Americans of their health care, including hard-working Minnesotans. Today, as Trump rages about whatever daily distraction he's obsessing over, we cannot lose sight that he has worked at every turn of his presidency to get rid of Obamacare. 
 
Trump wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, eliminating protections that bar health insurance companies from denying coverage or increasing premiums for the more than two million Minnesotans with pre-existing conditions like cancer or diabetes. Instead of giving those at risk access to the health care they need and deserve, he has instead tried to tear down the very system that helps them get health insurance coverage. It's shameful.
 
Health care is personal to me. As Donald Trump continues attempting to tear down the Affordable Care Act, I will fight him every step of the way. And as president I will do everything in my power to protect and build on the Affordable Care and ensure all Americans, including Minnesotans, will have access to affordable, quality health care — regardless of any pre-existing conditions."

President Trump arrived at MSP at 6:13 p.m. local time: 

Before President Trump arrived at Thursday's Minneapolis rally, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced on stage at the Target Center a brand new coalition aimed at "expanding grassroots labor support" called "Workers for Trump."

"In 2016 blue collar workers across the country voted for Donald Trump, propelling him to victories in states that Republicans traditionally don't win," said Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale. "President Trump promised to put America's forgotten working men and women back on the job and he's kept that promise – creating more than six million new jobs, ushering in the lowest unemployment rate the United States has seen in half a century, and sparking the fastest wage growth in over a decade."

This is the Trump campaign's third official coalition for 2020. The campaign launched "Latinos for Trump" back in June and "Women for Trump" in August.

The rally began with President Trump's son Eric giving the opening remarks before bringing in Vice President Mike Pence to introduce the President.

Trump rally draws crowd at Target Center

Trump spoke at length about the strength of the economy and the trade deals that he is negotiating with foreign nations. 

He added comments about the second amendment saying "If you don't have me you don't have the second amendment". 

Trump attacked the impeachment inquiry as well as specifically calling out Joe and Hunter Biden.

In a Minnesota specific point, he talked about the mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey, calling him "rotten" and Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar asking the crowd "how the hell did that ever happen?" questioning how she was elected. 

He went on to say that Omar is one of the big reasons why Trump and Republicans will win Minnesota in 2020. 

In response to the President's comments Omar tweeted:

"At his rally just now, Trump called me an "America-hating socialist" and a "disgrace." He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me. His hate is no match for our movement."

According to the Minneapolis Police Department no arrests or injuries were reported at the accompanying protest.

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