Minneapolis Officers Sell ‘Cops for Trump’ Shirts Ahead of POTUS’ Rally Despite Uniform Ban

Minneapolis police officers are pushing back against its Democratic mayor after the law enforcement officers were told they couldn’t wear their uniforms to political events, ahead of President Donald Trump’s upcoming rally.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D-Minn.), along with Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, is not allowing officers to wear their uniforms to political events. The move comes just ahead of the president’s 2020 reelection rally at the city’s Target Center on Thursday.

Arradondo, though, said that he “[doesn’t] want the Minneapolis Police Department to be politicized, at all.”

Frey tweeted on October 2 that he supports Arradondo’s “vision for keeping the department apolitical [and] his new policy banning the use of the MPD uniform for political campaigning [and] union activities.” The mayor, however, declared in a tweet on September 26 that the “entire city will stand not behind the President” when Trump comes to the city.

However, Minneapolis police officers aren’t letting the ban get in the way of showing their support for Trump, as they’re selling t-shirts that read, “Cops for Trump,” to wear to the rally instead.

Trump’s 2020 campaign director of communications Tim Murtaugh wrote in response, “President Trump will always look out for our law enforcement officers!”

Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Bob Kroll told “Fox & Friends” on Monday, “In compliance with policy, we don’t want any issue. So, we just thought, you know what, we’ll turn the place into a sea of red with the shirts we designed.”

He added that they’re not able to “keep [the shirts] on the shelves. They’ve been selling out as fast as they come in.”

Kroll, a lieutenant officer, stated that the police department was “ordered” to support former presidents. However, “now, we’re here and officers want to be in their uniform but they’re not allowed to be.”

“Beyond law enforcement, we have a big swell of support behind the president and the police. So, we’re going to have a lot of people wearing these shirts.”

Additionally, Kroll later declared that politics in the city is “very left.”

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Trump offered a personal “thank you” to Kroll for his “kind words.”

“The Police are fighting the Radical Left Mayor, and his ridiculous Uniform Ban,” Trump tweeted, adding, “Actually, I LOVE the Cops for Trump shirts. Want to bring some home. I am with you 100%!!!!”

As IJR reported, the Minneapolis mayor also demanded that Trump’s team pay a high price for security fees, $530,000, prior to the event or else they won’t have access – a stark contrast to the roughly $20,000 security fees for former President Barack Obama’s campaign rally in 2009.

Kroll said he’s not surprised “one bit” about the security fees. He called it “disparate treatment” as “they have not charged nearly that much for other events.”

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Phoenix
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Wearing uniform should not be a political statement and this would be the response from most private employers. I would also get in trouble if I showed up to a political event with my employer’s logo and made national news. And i don’t even work in a role that requires those I serve to trust me with their lives. The T shirts are a great way to show police support and make some money that can be donated to support the president. Fantastic solution. As the for security fees, i guess I’d be more curious to see security costs for… Read more »

Cherl
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Kudos to these policemen for outwitting a half wit. Mayor Frey isn’t too obvious about his prejudice…..is he?

Morte206
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Blue lives matter and it’s a pleasure to have a president who gets that.

Screwtape
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Apparently the *ahem* leadership feels differently than the rank & file. They support a president who supports them. Good for these first responders.

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