President Trump has a rally scheduled for Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Target Center on Thursday.
If it is like every other rally Mr. Trump holds, it will fill the Target center to capacity, and then some.
And what is Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s reaction to the elected President of the United States coming to Minneapolis?
First he made this statement…
“Our entire city will stand not behind the President, but behind the communities and people who continue to make our city — and this country — great. While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis.”
…and then, when his claim that the entire city of Minneapolis “will stand not behind the President” was shrugged off – presumably as the ramblings of a left wing Trump-hating Democrat unhappy that there are people in his city who actually like the President…
…he suddenly hit the Trump campaign with a bill of $530,000 for “security”, payable in advance.
Is it a surprise to you that no such bill was sent when President Obama spoke at the Target Center? I hope not. (Incidentally, security at that event was estimated at slightly about $20,000. Notice the difference?)
Did Frey, in the midst of his childish, partisan temper tantrum, think this would cause Donald Trump to back down?
From Justine Coleman’s article at thehill.com:
President Trump‘s reelection campaign slammed the mayor of Minneapolis and the Target Center for “attempting to extort” the campaign with security fees for a rally scheduled this week.
Campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted a press release Monday that accused Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey of charging the Target Center $530,000 in security fees with the intention of stopping the rally scheduled for Thursday.
“The radical leftist mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, is abusing the power of his office and attempting to extort President Trump’s re-election campaign by conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security in an effort to block a scheduled Keep America Great rally,” the release states.
The campaign replied in a letter attached to the press release saying security falls exclusively under the U.S. Secret Service’s purview and if the Target Center withheld the arena, the campaign would view the action as a breach of contract.
“We are well aware of Mayor Frey’s vocal partisan opposition to President Trump and calls to disrupt the rally,” the letter from Trump law firm Jones Day addressed to the Target Center’s management firm said. “This last-minute squeeze seems to be nothing but a pretextual political effort with serious First Amendment ramifications.”
Is Jacob Frey stupid? Based on this move, it’s hard not to conclude that he is.
Let’s consider the possibilities:
-If the outlandish, unprecedented $530,000 charge is tossed (the most likely outcome), Trump will have his rally, it almost certainly will be hugely attended, and Frey will come across as a vindictive, hateful clown who only cares about the people in his city who share his political views.
-If it is not tossed, and it prevents the rally from taking place, Frey will come across as a vindictive, hateful clown who only cares about the people in his city who share his political views.
See the problem?
Well here is another one: what if the rally does go off and protesters, spurred by Frey’s words and actions, turn violent? Who do you think is going to be blamed? Trump?
And the political irony is that – though it is apparent that he cannot see it through his hatred – Frey is displaying exactly the kind of behavior that probably propelled Donald Trump to victory in 2016.
The more outwardly the Jacob Freys hate him, the more they try to censor/subvert his presidency, the more likely it is that pro-Trump people will dig their heels in and continue their support – while being joined by additional people who find what Frey is doing odious and anti-American. Which it is.
So go get ‘im, Jake. Have a ball. And maybe the President will give you a shout-out on Thursday…though probably not quite the one you’d look forward to.