President Trump Makes First Visit to Bemidji
JT Thaden | Sep 18, 2020 AT 11:17 pm
Bemidji, Minn (KDLM) - An estimated 8,000 People attended President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Bemidji, MN, Friday. The visit marked the first time a sitting U.S President has visited the northern Minnesota town.
Jan Geerdes traveled from Blackduck to get a glimpse of the President, but wasn’t surprised he chose Bemidji, “It doesn’t surprise me that he’s here, he’s for the common people - you know the Governor thinks we’re nothing but rocks and cows up here, but the President is a real man.”
Michelle Fischbach and Jason Lewis took the stage as a warm up before Trump arrived. Lewis who is running for Minnesota’s Senate seat slammed the Governor saying, “we’re tired of having Minnesota locked down” referring to the executive orders Governor Walz has put in place in an effort to combat COVID-19 in the state.
President Trump arrived just after 6pm saying, “Hello Minnesota! Remember this, it’s a friendly protest.”
Trump claimed Biden, if elected would open borders to Islamic radical terrorists that would “overrun Minnesota.”
He quickly transitioned to BIG10 football, then focused on the riots and unrest in Minneapolis and other U.S. cities following the death of George Floyd in March.
Several times throughout the evening the crowd chanted loudly, “four more years.”
“We’re not going to let the radical left socialists/communists take over our country,” Trump added.
About halfway through Trump’s speech a murmur stirred throughout the crowd as news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away. Trump was either unaware or did not acknowledge it.
Minnesota has become a battle ground state in the 2020 election after Trump came close to winning Minnesota In 2016 carrying 78 of the 87 counties and losing the state by fewer than 45,000 votes.
The Trump campaign has reserved $14 million in airtime in Minnesota this election cycle hoping to swing the state from Democratic to Republican.
Early voting began September 18, the general election will be held November 3, 2020.