Democrat Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is working to extort money from the Trump campaign to pay for the huge security bill at the campaign rally being held in the Twin Cities this October 10, 2019.
The Trump campaign shot back that Frey is abusing his power with an outlandish security bill to block a sitting President. They accuse Frey’s city government from informing the Target Center that it would be responsible for the $530,000 in security and other costs related to the event.
Frey has spoken out against the president previously, calling him “reprehensible” and saying that Trump’s “message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis,” according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Trump tweeted the following this morning.
The Target Center then tried passing the costs on to the Trump campaign under threat of not using the arena.
“The Trump campaign informed the Target Center that the U.S. Secret Service is solely responsible for coordinating security and that withholding the use of the arena would be viewed as a breach of contract and result in court action.”October 7, 2019 Trump presidential newsletter
The over half-a-million charge is 26 times the security costs for the 2009 Target Center health care rally held by President Obama. Police officials are estimating that the costs would be around $20,000.
The costs are between the city and Secret Service.
“We are well aware of Mayor Frey’s vocal partisan opposition to President Trump and calls to disrupt the rally,” reads a letter from Trump’s legal team at Jones Day to the Target management firm. “This last-minute squeeze seems to be nothing but a pretextual political effort with serious First Amendment ramifications.”
In 2016, President Trump got more than 1.3 million votes in Minnesota and they came within 1.5 percentage points from winning the state.
“This is an outrageous abuse of power by a liberal mayor trying to deny the rights of his own city’s residents just because he hates the President,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. “People want to hear from their President, and no mayor looking to beef up his resume for a run for higher office should stand in the way.”
Back in 2009, Obama filled the Target Center for a Presidential rally on health care reform, and according to a quote from Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan, Dolan called in 50 officers on overtime to man the security at the event.
Dolan’s expectations at the time were that it would cost the department $20,000.