President Donald Trump’s campaign accused Minnesota’s Democratic leaders of using “free speech-stifling dictates” to limit Friday’s Rochester rally to 250 people.
The rally was originally scheduled to take place at Rochester International Airport but was moved to the outdoor property of two Dodge Center businesses after Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office asked the RNC for a “COVID preparedness plan.”
Ellison then asked the Trump campaign and the owners of McNeilus Steel, one of the two businesses hosting the rally, for a “COVID preparedness plan.” The event was moved a third time back to the Rochester airport and only 250 people will be allowed inside the venue.
“Thanks to the free speech-stifling dictates of Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, only the first 250 people will be admitted. Without question, Minnesota Democrats had hoped that the president would simply cancel the event, but he will not allow partisan politicians to deprive people of their First Amendment rights to gather peacefully to hear directly from the President of the United States,” the Trump campaign said in a statement.
Ellison defended his actions in a statement provided to KSTP, saying his office “has worked evenhandedly with 80 events of all kinds in every corner of Minnesota.”
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