Trump Team Unloads on Minneapolis Mayor for Demanding a Security Payment Before Rally: ‘Dump Frey and Omar’

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President Donald Trump and several members of his campaign team unloaded on Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey after he demanded security fees prior to Thursday’s rally.

Trump is expected to give one of his “Keep America Great” rallies on Thursday night in Minneapolis’ Target Center. Minnesota has become a top prospect for Trump to flip a state, as he barely lost it to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Frey had already made it clear that he was not excited to have Trump in the city, taking to Twitter to note that the city will “stand not behind the President, but behind the communities and people who continue to make or city — and this country — great.”

Frey’s distaste for Trump became even more evident when he issued a demand for security fees prior to the rally taking place.

According to a press release from the Trump campaign, Frey demanded the campaign pay $530,000 to secure the area before the event or they would be denied access to the facility.

“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. Democrat Mayor Frey is using the bogus security charges to pressure the Target Center, site of the contracted October 10, 2019 rally, into preventing Minnesota residents from exercising their First Amendment rights in support of President Trump.

Frey’s city government preemptively informed the Target Center that it would be responsible for $530,000 in security and other costs related to the event. The Target Center attempted to pass the costs on to the Trump campaign under threat of withholding the use of the arena.”

Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, warned the city that they would sue if forced to pay the security fee, given that Secret Service will be handling the security, not the city.

He also claimed that former President Barack Obama was only charged $20,000 for security when he campaigned in the city in 2009.

The campaign gave the city until 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday to reconsider the fee or face a lawsuit.

Many people, including the president, expressed their outrage toward the mayor.

The mayor, however, seemed unphased by the chaos coming from the Trump campaign. He took to Twitter to express how little he cares about Trump’s outrage.

It remains unclear what exactly will happen, but it doesn’t look as though Frey will be reconsidering his position before the 11 p.m. deadline given by the campaign.

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Screwtape
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Phoenix, 1. Any “merchant” should BE ABLE to justify his pricing, especially when other venues are available. 2. I haven’t seen an itemized bill, but neither have you. Is there one? 3. A “buyer’s” past credit history MAY adjust pricing, but 26x? There are these things called deposits. Here’s what the mayor and city should reveal. 1. What are they charging Antifa? Do they even ask a permit fee for them? q.v. Portland’s one-sided permitting and charging of not-Left groups to peaceably assembly. Note that the not-Left groups actually get permits. Let’s also examine what they are charging CAIR and… Read more »

Becky
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Becky

The mayor another scared little man or should I say puppet Get rid of the moron

Tery Gohsman
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Have you read the other articles here? “The Scottish Government Says Trump’s Business Is Refusing to Pay Its Legal Bills” can’t imagine why a city would want payment in advance, how else do you deal with Trump?

Phoenix
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1. I am not sure the mayor is legally required to justify his pricing. 2. Did you see the bill? For all we know there is itemized detail. 3. You’re not factoring that the Trump campaign has a history of not paying bills. If I have bad credit, i pay higher prices for things. That is yet another standard business practice that you’re pretending doesn’t exist. His highest *outstanding* bill, which will never be paid, is 400k. I’m not saying there isn’t an unreasonably heavy dose of snark in the price tag, but you’re dismissing a lot valid factors that… Read more »

Screwtape
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The truth of it is this. Mayor Frey is a small-minded, petty, partisan. With the hundreds of millions the campaign and GOP have raked in what he’s asking is less than a catering bill, and one for which he’s offered zero justification other than “we don’t like the Bad Orange Man”. (he also fails to note the potential revenues from attendees). He could limit his city’s expenses by exercising strict control over those groups with a history of violence (I’m looking at Antifa). He should take notes from how the DC police earlier handled an Antifa riot. Keep them separated… Read more »

Phoenix
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Its the only way to compare? No one. NO ONE. Decides the amount they charge for anything on ten year old data. If I sold my house on data from ten years ago I’d have lost out on almost 100k. I’m not saying there isn’t some added costs for petty reasons, but comparing costs in other states for like venues added with the likelihood of receiving payments all would generally factor more. Crowd size in a year following up to a presidential election would obviously be bigger than crowd size in a year following a presidential election. To pretend otherwise… Read more »

Screwtape
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Even now Antifa is planning to disrupt Trump’s visit under the theme “AMERICA IS CANCELLED”.

What are the city “leaders” planning to do to stop them from engaging in their usual antics? How will they protect citizens, businesses, and rally attendees? Will they stand by as the right of PEACABLE assembly and free speech are suppressed by violence and intimidation?

Crickets chirp.

Screwtape
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Phoenix, “Just factoring inflation is the most unrealistic way of comparing prices. Crowd size the same? Timing of elections the same? What are other states charging? What is the level of risk based on rallies in other states? Thats risk of security concerns and apprently risk of getting actual reimbursement for services provided… Also remember, Obama was coming to a blue state. His security concerns would have been a lot higher if he were campaigning in a state where there is a heavy presence of opposing views.” Actually it’s the ONLY realistic way of calculating it. Notice how Mayor Frey… Read more »

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