The leftist mayor of Minneapolis is trying to extort the Trump campaign by demanding the Target Center pay more than $500,000 in bogus security charges. It’s a tactic used by radicals to shut down conservative speakers on many university campuses.
Mayor Jacob Frey told the Target Center that it would be responsible for $530,000 in security and other costs related to the October 10th “Keep America Great” rally.
By comparison, President Obama held an event in the same venue in 2009 and security only cost approximately $20,000.
In other words, the city’s Democrat mayor is charging a Republican president 26 times more than what a Democrat president was charged.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said the Target Center “attempted to pass the costs on to the Trump campaign under threat of withholding the use of the arena.”
“This is an outrageous abuse of power by a liberal mayor trying to deny the rights of his own city’s residents just because he hates the President,” Parscale said. “People want to hear from their President, and no mayor looking to beef up his resume for a run for higher office should stand in the way.”
Jones Day, a law firm representing the Trump campaign, fired off a letter to the Target Center’s management firm accused the mayor of trying to disrupt the rally.
“This last-minute squeeze seems to be nothing but a pretextual political effort with serious First Amendment ramifications,” the letter read.
The Trump campaign told the “Target Center that the U.S. Secret Service is solely 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.”
Every freedom-loving patriot in Minneapolis should take the afternoon off and protest outside City Hall — demanding that the mayor-mobster rescind this thuggish edict.