A man in a blue jacket seemed to be leaving the Trump rally by himself when he was spotted by a protester who yelled: “There’s a Nazi over here!” A group of protesters then attacked the man, slapping and pushing him. He finally ran away. pic.twitter.com/jzYaWgca9g
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 11, 2019
After leaving an enthusiastic rally in downtown Minneapolis, at least some of President Trump’s supporters had to face angry protesters who may have been encouraged by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.
The Daily Caller’s David Krayden reports:
Washington Post election correspondent Jenna Johnson noted one incident, describing “a man in a blue jacket … spotted by a protester who yelled: ‘There’s a Nazi over here!’ A group of protesters then attacked the man, slapping and pushing him.”
The unruly group taunted police security, as well as Trump supporters as they departed after the speech. Many city police were present at the rally. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had forbidden police to wear their uniforms at the event so the police donned pro-Trump t-shirts instead.
The mayor may have contributed to the tense atmosphere when he issued a statement that claimed Trump wasn’t visiting his city under “ordinary circumstances” and that some of the president’s statements “have been reprehensible.”
Independent congressional candidate Chris Kelley tweeted that the mayor was escalating tensions by “weaponizing citizen safety for political reasons.”
Kelley, a Minneapolis police officer and Iraq War veteran, is running against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in Minnesota’s Fifth District.