Minneapolis police officer and congressional candidate Chris Kelley has spoken out about the lackluster job freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, (D-Minn.) is doing in her home state, calling her the “absentee landlord.”
Speaking with hosts Rob Schmitt and Jillian Mele on “Fox and Friends,” Kelley said many residents he is in contact with on his beat every day are dissatisfied with the poor job she is doing, including those from her own Somali community.
“She’s traveling the world. She’s fighting the president on Twitter. She’s not doing anything in the district. And, I can say firsthand, the homelessness, the opioid problems, and other issues aren’t improving,” said Kelley.
Kelley, an Iraq war veteran who is running as an Independent, pointed out that Democrats have boasted Omar won a “landslide” in 2017. However, only 37 percent of the population had voted. He predicted the 2020 election was “going to be a totally different animal.”
“You’re going to have a lot of people coming out, and I think we have an excellent chance of coming out on top,” he said.
President Trump has a campaign rally scheduled for Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10, and Mayor Jacob Frey has attempted to prevent it.
The Trump campaign accused Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Monday of trying to block the president’s scheduled political rally in the city by imposing fees of $530,000 for extra security.
“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 in a statement sent to reporters. “People want to hear from their President, and no mayor looking to beef up his résumé for a run for higher office should stand in the way.”
“Both [Mayor Jacob Frey] and Ilhan Omar are speaking against the president coming here today, and I think that will embolden certain groups to come out and to try and cause problems,” said Kelley.
He has concerns the two Democratic representatives are “weaponizing citizen safety for political reasons.” and putting police officers in danger.
Kelley continued: “The citizens do not deserve a disruptive environment. Or, the attendees do not. They should be able to come and enjoy the rally, and come and go without being hindered by anybody. So, it’s a concern.”
Thousands of supporters are expected to turn out to hear President Trump at the Target Center on Thursday night; he has many supporters outside the Twin Cities. The president said on Twitter that there had been requests for tickets from 72,000 people. The venue seats 20,000, so the crowds will be huge.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
Antifa has tweeted that it will be holding a counter-rally—titled America is Canceled—to “disrupt the nightmare that is Trump,” and Kelley is concerned.
“It is frustrating,” Kelley said, “We should welcome any sitting president coming here. We’ve welcomed other presidents with open arms, and now because there’s a disagreement or we have a president across a different aisle, there’s an issue here.”
The president was just 1.5 percentage points away from beating Hilary Clinton in Minnesota, where the last Republican chosen for president was Richard Nixon in 1972, with a landslide victory.