A protester spat in the face of a man wearing a MAGA hat as he had an interview with reporter outside the president’s Minneapolis rally on Thursday, Oct.10.
“Dave Carlson, a salesman in Minnesota, was sharing why he donates to President Trump’s campaign when a protester openly spat in his face and kept walking by,” Vice News’ Elizabeth Landers reported.
Dave Carlson, was giving an interview with Vice News when an unidentified protester spewed a wad of spit onto his cheek.
Then interviewer Liz Landers said, “I’m so sorry. Are you okay?”
Carlson was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat. He reacted calmly and proceeded to clean off his glasses.
“I’m fine. I’m fine,” Carlson said.
Two witnesses of the attack appeared to be fellow protesters. And they apologized to Carlson.
A man in the video told Carlson the protester was disrespectful, but equated the gesture to wearing a red cap.
“That’s not how people really feel, that is[expletive] disrespectful. But on the other hand, that [expletive] is disrespectful as [expletive] too,” he said, gesturing to the hat. “So there’s a difference.”
“I respect your opinion,” Carlson responded.
Carlson laughed off the incident and said, “That’s all right.”
“You have a better attitude about that than I would,” Landers told Carlson.
Landers appeared shocked by the incident and asked Carlson if he was surprised by the attack.
“That did surprise me a little bit,” Carlson said.
Reporters posted to Twitter various violent acts they witnessed against Trump supporters and police on Thursday.
Jenna Johnson, a reporter for The Washington Post, posted a video to Twitter that appeared to show a Trump supporter being violently attacked by leftists.
“A man in a blue jacket seemed to be leaving the Trump rally by himself when he was spotted by a protester who yelled, “There’s a Nazi over here!” A group of protesters then attacked the man, slapping and pushing him. He finally ran away,” Johnson said.
A man in a blue jacket seemed to be leaving the Trump rally by himself when he was spotted by a protester who yelled: “There’s a Nazi over here!” A group of protesters then attacked the man, slapping and pushing him. He finally ran away. pic.twitter.com/jzYaWgca9g
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 11, 2019
Fox News reporter Matt Finn also captured video outside of the Trump rally that showed left-wing activists burning “Make America Great Again” hats and screaming obscenities.
Finn tweeted: “Breaking: outside Minneapolis Trump rally. Protesters lighting Maga hats on fire. Rushing police. Calling them pigs, etc. Escalating scene.”
Breaking: outside Minneapolis Trump rally. Protestors lighting Maga hats on fire. Rushing police. Calling them pigs, etc. Escalating scene. pic.twitter.com/HxUFzs8OWF
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) October 11, 2019
Elijah Schaffer, a reporter for The Blaze, also captured another violent moment from the rally, writing on Twitter: “My producer and I were bear maced in the face while reporting on the quickly dilapidating situation outside the Minnesota Trump rally.Arrests have been made. Antifa is present. Violence is common place at this point. Typical end of the night anarchy.”
My producer and I were bear maced in the face while reporting on the quickly dilapidating situation outside the Minnesota Trump rally
Arrests have been made. Antifa is present. Violence is common place at this point. Typical end of the night anarchy pic.twitter.com/ujnDNQIVtf
— Elijah Schaffer (@ElijahSchaffer) October 11, 2019
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence addressed supporters at Minneapolis’s Target Center Thursday night—his first rally since the impeachment inquiry was set into motion.
President Trump tweeted that over the next 13 months, he and his supporters will win in Minnesota in 2020.
President Trump also sent a “Thank you” to Minneapolis supporters, “A GREAT evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with incredible American Patriots. THANK YOU!” He showed one video with a massive overflow crowd of thousands of red MAGA-hat-wearing supporters on his way, “WOW, THANK YOU Minneapolis, Minnesota—on my way! #KAG2020“
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
Supporters and protesters gathered in the skyway overnight to make sure they could secure a spot for the rally on Thursday. The rally drew a massive crowd at the Target Center.
“We want to show our support,” Veronica Diaz, who traveled from Milwaukee, said. “You have to go above and beyond sometimes and do those things that are spontaneous to show your support.”
This is the Trump campaign’s third official coalition for 2020—Workers for Trump. The campaign launched “Latinos for Trump” back in June and “Women for Trump” in August, according to KSTP.