President Trump has long felt that in-person, well-attended rallies are one of the keys to his prolonged and prolific support among the conservative masses, but COVID-19 has put a serious damper on these events in recent months.
There were several weeks in which the President himself was kept wholly off the campaign trail, unable to gather massive crowds due to the need to socially distance – which is one of the only tools we currently have in the fight to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
But, as soon as the campaign could find a way to bring the crowds back, they did, and the Commander in Chief has been on a rip-roaring tour of battleground states ever since.
In Minnesota, however, his late-in-the-race rally will be limited to just 250 persons, by order of The Gopher State’s Attorney General.
The rally was initially planned at the Rochester airport, but Ellison’s office demanded a “COVID preparedness plan” from officials from the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and the Rochester airport, as well as the Republican National Committee to ensure the event was safe.
The event was then moved to Dodge Center, prompting Ellison’s office to ask the Trump campaign and the owner of the building McNeilus Steel for their “COVID Preparedness Plan.”
That prompted the Trump campaign to move the event again, back to the airport.
Team Trump was not pleased, and they let their frustrations be known.
“Thanks to the free speech-stifling dictates of Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, only the first 250 people will be admitted,” the campaign said in a statement sent late Thursday night.
The President and his team suggested that the move was interfering with the First Amendment, and blasted Ellison for the orders.
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