Last night in Minnesota, President Trump delivered the so-far lengthiest speech of this, the 2020 reelection campaign.
He did so before an adoring audience, as seems to be the case most of the time for the beloved incumbent. His base is galvanized in 2019, against the threat of a Deep State coup, another RussiaGate scandal a la Ukraine, and whatever it is that Rudy Giuliani has been doing.
So, as these proud Americans gathered in the Midwest, storm clouds were a’brewin’ outside the arena. When the MAGA masses made their mass exodus, all Hell broke loose.
Much of the day and early evening remained peaceful outside the packed arena before a string of incidents prompted police to form protective lines in an effort to keep the adversaries from going too far.
The protesters appeared to end up at an impasse with police at S. 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue. Officers on bicycles and horses held a line while officers marched through in riot helmets and batons. At the intersection, the tone of protesters’ ire turned away from Trump and toward the police.
Shortly after 9 p.m., protesters began burning Trump memorabilia in the street, including flags and “Make America Great Again” hats. According to the Unicorn Riot livestream, vehicles leaving the area were confronted by protesters and a flag was snagged from one car as it crept past. One man in an SUV calmly handed a protester his “MAGA” hat.
Police employed pepper spray in an effort to quell one disturbance, and members of a pro-Trump militia-style group a few blocks away were confronted by police as they left their hotel.
Violence was everywhere.
As a chorus of “Nazi scum! Off our streets!” rained down, a national correspondent for the Washington Post captured on video a man leaving the rally by himself and being trailed by a group of people before he was punched in the back of the head as one adversary yelled “There’s a Nazi over here!”
The far-left has been turning ever more violent in recent months, growing impatient with the Democratic leadership’s investigations into Donald Trump’s alleged wrongdoing.
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