The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports:
Tensions between Minneapolis city leaders and President Donald Trump’s campaign escalated Monday when the campaign threatened to sue the city for trying to force it to pay $530,000 for security during this week’s rally. Trump’s campaign team said in a news release late Monday night that Mayor Jacob Frey is “abusing the power of his office” by “conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security” to cover those costs for Thursday’s campaign rally.
City officials told the Target Center, which is managed by AEG, that it would be responsible for paying the costs. The center then allegedly tried to pass the bill on to Trump’s team and told them they would not be able to use the arena unless they agreed to the charges. “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,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said.
Minneapolis City Pages reports:
The figure is somewhat comparable to expenses for a February Trump rally in El Paso, Texas, a similarly contentious site on the Mexican border. Since departments can’t simply pull officers away from more pressing duty, these events tend to come with major overtime bills. El Paso spent $470,417, which included extra busing for attendees.
Because rallies are purely political affairs, rather than official business, El Paso sent Trump a bill. Seven months later, he’s still ignoring it, even though he’s already raised $124 million for his reelection campaign. Cities from Green Bay to Spokane have met with the same stonewall.
The radical Mayor of Minneapolis, @Jacob_Frey, is abusing his power in an attempt to block the President’s supporters from seeing him speak on Thursday.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) October 8, 2019