Donald Trump: “We’re draining the swamp:” 45,000 supporters; protesters show up at Minnesota campaign rally

By Michael Hernandez 

MINNEAPOLIS—“We are draining the swamp,” said President Donald J. Trump at his rally Oct. 10 at the Target Center attended by 20,000 and another 25,000 remained outside (according to Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale).  CBS Minnesota reported that some in the crowd lined up 12 hours before the rally started. Some of the few hundred protesters burned Make America Great Again hats. Meanwhile, Trump supporters carried signs, flags and other merchandise to show their support for the President.

“The backlash at the ballot box will be the likes they have never seen before in the history of the country,” said President Trump.  We have a “highly partisan constitution effort that threatens our democratic institutions and (our) system of elections and the American people.  Democrats are in a crusade to destroy our democracy,” said Trump.  “We will not let that happen.  We will defeat them.”

Trump said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have given far too much control of the Democrat Party to the radical left “including Minnesota’s own Omar.”

President Trump called Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) “an America-hating socialist”  and a “disgrace to our country” in the “Keep America Great” rally.  Omar “pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits right here in Minnesota.”  Trump said:  “She minimized the September 11th attack on our homeland where far more than 3,000 people died, saying, ‘Some people did something, big deal.’”

Rep. Omar later responded on Twitter, saying:  “His hate is no match for our movement.”

During his speech, Trump also spoke out against the media. “They are so dishonest and frankly they are so bad for our country,” he told the crowd. He also criticized Minneapolis’ mayor.

During the rally, Trump boasted about cutting refugee resettlement by 85 percent, but he criticized Minnesota for accepting so many refugees from Somalia.

Trump’s campaign speech lasted 90 minutes.  The president is speaking at a campaign rally tonight at Lake Charles, Louisiana trying to tip the vote in favor of two Republican candidates (Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone) running to unseat Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat.

Another rally is planned in Dallas (Texas) on Oct. 17 with Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rouke holding a competing rally on the same night.

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Meanwhile in Washington D.C.:  Some 109 House Republicans (one-half of the House Republicans) as of today have moved to condemn House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for deliberately misrepresenting a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

House Resolution 604 has been brought forth by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and is supported by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Republican Conference chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY).

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected]


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