Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
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Democratic Minneapolis mayor tries to shut down Trump campaign rally

Democratic Minneapolis mayor tries to shut down Trump campaign rally

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is trying to slap a $530,000 security bill on the Trump campaign for their upcoming MAGA rally at the Target Center on Thursday.

Trump's campaign accused Mayor Jacob Frey, who has been critical of the president, of "conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security" at Thursday's rally at Target Center.

"The Trump campaign informed the Target Center that the U.S. Secret Service is exclusively responsible for coordinating security and that withholding the use of the arena would be viewed as a breach of contract and result in court action", the campaign said in a statement.

The Target Center's management, AEG Management TWN, has passed the fees onto the Trump campaign and threatened to bar them from the stadium unless they pay up.

On Monday, the Trump campaign released a letter from its lawyers to AEG, the management company that runs the Target Center in Minneapolis.

A representative of Segal's office told an editorial writer in a Tuesday e-mail that the city hasn't previously charged campaigns for rallies held in the city. The letter said the Trump campaign "will aggressively pursue all remedies available to it in law or equity".

The campaign said they will take legal action if AEG does not honor their contract by late Tuesday morning.

Your position is clearly wrong under the plain wording of the contract.

"We look forward to seeing everyone Thursday night", said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale in a statement announcing the news. "Neither the Campaign nor AEG is responsible for arranging or paying for rally-related security", the letter states. "The cities dispatched police officers to secure Trump's events because they believe public safety required it - and the U.S. Secret Service asked for it". The Campaign can not be in breach of an obligation it does not owe to AEG.

The president also complained about decision by the city to ban off-duty police officers from wearing their uniforms to the event.

Trump attacked Frey on Twitter on Tuesday, writing: "Someone please tell the Radical Left Mayor of Minneapolis that he can't price out Free Speech". "At a time when federal funding for local government is at a historic low, it is unfair for our taxpayers to foot the bill for the operating costs of an event like this with secret service and other major security demands".

This is one more example out of thousands of how the Democratic Party is violating every norm that makes non-violent civic life possible.

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