Leftist groups plan protests at Minneapolis Trump rally: ‘America First is a racist lie’

October 8, 2019

A coalition of leftist activist groups attacked President Donald Trump in a press conference Tuesday, hysterically accusing the president of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia.

The groups plan to protest Trump’s planned rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, they announced. Kent Mori from Anti-War Committee said others should join the coalition to “protest Trump and his racist policies,” Newsweek reported.

Leftist rhetoric

The organizations include the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union.

“We recognize that ‘America First’ is a racist lie. We have more in common with the workers in China, or Mexico, or Venezuela, or Iran than we do with a CEO in San Francisco, a trust fund kid in Manhattan or some piece of trash in the White House,” Shane Clune, an AFSCME member, said.

“He spreads xenophobia and nationalism to divide the American working class against the world, and spreads racism and misogyny to divide the working class against itself,” Clune continued.

Minneapolis mayor not happy

Even Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey bashed the president ahead of his planned visit. Under “ordinary circumstances,” Frey said, he would be honored to have the President of the United States visit the city.

“But these aren’t ordinary circumstances,” Frey said in a statement. “Since taking office President Trump’s actions have been reprehensible and his rhetoric has made it clear that he does not value the perspectives or rights of Minneapolis’ diverse communities.”

“While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis,” Frey said.

Police supporting Trump

In part, the protests arose in response to police officers who wanted to show their support for Trump. After being told they couldn’t wear their uniforms to the rally off-duty to show support, the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis decided to make “Cops for Trump” t-shirts, which got some of the protesters upset.

The president of the union said the uniform ban was kept a secret from the union, but that organization found out about the ban.

The Minneapolis Police Department said it didn’t know what would happen on the day of the rally, but that it would be ready for any protests.

Trump’s rallies have been consistently filling large venues to capacity, often turning away hundreds or thousands even above the number that can safely fit in a facility.


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Jen Krausz

Jen Krausz is a Conservative Institute staff writer. A lifelong member of the Republican Party, she has an English degree from a liberal arts college and has contributed to numerous publications including Newsmax.