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Trump's upcoming rally in Minneapolis met with controversy

Updated: September 26, 2019 10:18 PM

Mayor Jacob Frey has sharply criticized President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Minneapolis.

"Under normal circumstances, I'd be thrilled to welcome a sitting president to Minneapolis," Frey said during a press conference Thursday. "But let's be real, these are not normal circumstances. This is not a normal president."

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The mayor called the president's actions "reprehensible" and said he feels Trump doesn't value the perspectives or rights of Minneapolis' diverse communities.

President Trump's campaign announced Thursday that a rally will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Trump plans campaign rally in Minneapolis in October

The visit marks the first time Trump has held an event in Minneapolis.

Campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the president plans to talk about the impact of job growth and the state of manufacturing.

Minnesota has been identified as one of four states the Trump campaign believes it can turn red in the upcoming 2020 election, McEnany said.

When asked about Frey's comments, the campaign dismissed them.

"I don't believe the mayor is truly representing the people of Minnesota," McEnany said during an interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "We expect this to be a packed house with many thousands waiting outside as is often the case."

Trump's appearances in the past have largely focused on Greater Minnesota, holding rallies in Duluth and Rochester. Earlier this year, he attended a roundtable in Burnsville.

This is also believed to be Trump's first public rally and speech following the recent impeachment inquiry.

"There will probably be a bunch of newsworthy statements coming from the President about impeachment, about his political enemies and about his imperil presidency," said political analyst Steven Schier.

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