Protesters outside President Trump’s Minneapolis rally throw urine, burn MAGA hats, attack Trump’s ‘Nazi’ supporters
Protesters outside President Donald Trump’s Minneapolis rally Thursday threw urine, burned “Make America Great Again” hats, and physically attacked Trump supporters while calling them Nazis.
The protest began in the afternoon outside the Target Center as immigrant, women, and anti-war groups gathered against the president while his supporters lined up to enter the venue, the St. Cloud Times reported.
While the rally was going on during the evening, protesters blew whistles, chanted, and drummed — and then tensions rose, the paper said.
Protesters were caught on video burning “Make America Great Again” hats — the iconic symbol of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
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Protesters burning Trump hats and flags in the street. pic.twitter.com/ATVzE9CG5J— Guy Still (@mplstvguy) October 11, 2019
Minneapolis Police extinguish the fire. pic.twitter.com/BRg8XIg9DA— Guy Still (@mplstvguy) October 11, 2019
Protesters were caught on video attacking a man they called a “Nazi:”
A man leaving tonight's Trump rally in Minnesota was spotted by a group of protesters who yelled: “There’s a Nazi over here!” They then attacked the man, slapping and pushing him until he ran away. pic.twitter.com/HfL2kKE9jn— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 11, 2019
Trump supporters are literally fleeing the event after it ended as protestors are waiting around attacking attendees as they leave the arena— Elijah Schaffer (@ElijahSchaffer) October 11, 2019
It is not safe in Minneapolis any longer for Trump supporters. Please stay away from the vicinity and do not come out with branded gear pic.twitter.com/BLsJbtct0k
After the rally, a St. Cloud Times reporter confirmed urine had been thrown and police used pepper spray to quell the throng.
The paper added that Trump supporters and protesters clashed outside. At one point protesters chanted, “Off our streets Nazi scum!” ( Content warning: Language):
Anti-Trump Protester caught on camera harassing Trump Supporters leaving the Minneapolis Rally —— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) October 11, 2019
Protester knocks off Trump supporter's hat then goes for a video journalist's camera.
Anti-Trump protester shocked & visibly upset after he gets thrown to the ground… pic.twitter.com/zgPkCdP7Sk
And while protesters dismantled part of a police barricade, one reportedly waved what was described as a Chinese flag at cops. (Content warning:Language):
The situation outside the Trump rally in Minnesota is quickly deteriorating— Elijah Schaffer (@ElijahSchaffer) October 11, 2019
Left wing protestors are destroying barricades
A protestor can be seen waving the Chinese flag in front of riot police. While people in Hong Kong wave American flags for freedom, we wave Chinese flags pic.twitter.com/XVl551kyqZ
But inside the rally
During the rally Trump repeatedly emphasized his love of law enforcement, the Times said.
The paper added that Minneapolis banned off-duty police from appearing in uniform at political events — so the police union made shirts declaring “Cops for Trump.”
The president brought on stage a number of people wearing those shirts, the Times said.
Here’s a montage of the action outside, including a chorus of “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine” as a protester burns MAGA hats: