Donald Trump, unlike his predecessors in the White House, holds campaign rallies far outside of election season. There is a heavy cost to these event as the cities have to provide expanded protection from their police force. The Trump campaign has become known for stiffing these police forces on their invoices.
The President will be holding a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday night. To avoid another non-payment, the Target Center asked for payment in advance or the rally could be cancelled. The campaign is now threatening to sue the Target Center for the demand.
Trump’s campaign sent a strongly worded letter to the venue’s management team. “We presume this contrived legal justification for threatening to terminate the contract is the result of AEG receiving pressure from city leadership determined to cancel the rally,” the letter read. “We are well aware of Mayor Frey’s vocal partisan opposition to President Trump and calls to disrupt the rally.”
Trump himself took a shot at Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey over his Twitter feed. The President wrote, “Someone please tell the Radical Left Mayor of Minneapolis that he can’t price out Free Speech. Probably illegal! I stand strongly & proudly with the great Police Officers and Law Enforcement of Minneapolis and the Great State of Minnesota! See you Thursday Night!”
Frey was quick to respond to the President’s accusations that he was trying to shut down the rally. He tweeted, “Someone tell the President of the United States that he can afford to help pay for the extra time our officers will be putting in while he’s in town.”
Someone tell the President of the United States that he can afford to help pay for the extra time our officers will be putting in while he’s in town. https://t.co/bXITaPdW4E
— Jacob Frey (@Jacob_Frey) October 8, 2019
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.