Trump spars with Minnesota officials over crowd limits ahead of rally

Source: The Hill | October 30, 2020 | Brett Samuels

President Trump and his campaign lashed out at state officials in Minnesota over restrictions on large gatherings ahead of the president’s rally scheduled for later Friday.

State and local officials have capped large gatherings at 250 people in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The limit drew the ire of Trump, who typically draws thousands of people to his rallies at airplane hangars.

“We’re having a problem with some people in Minnesota where they have a cap because Biden goes there and he can’t draw flies, he can’t draw anybody,” Trump said, referencing Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The president claimed 25,000 of his supporters want to attend the event Friday in Rochester, Minn., which is officially being dubbed a “Make America Great Again Peaceful Protest.”

“So they thought I’d cancel. But I’m not canceling. So we’ll find out what happens,” Trump said.

The Trump campaign late Thursday issued a statement blaming the “free speech-stifling dictates” of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D).

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