President Trump has a campaign rally scheduled for Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10, and Mayor Jacob Frey is attempting to block it.
President Donald Trump’s campaign accused Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Monday of trying to block the president’s scheduled political rally in the city, reports Breitbart.
“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.”
It was revealed that Frey has added fees amounting to over half a million dollars to the Target Center, where the rally is to be held. The secret service is in charge of security.
The Target Center’s management, AEG Management TWN, has passed the fees onto the Trump campaign and threatened to bar them from the stadium unless they pay up.
The campaign intends to sue for breach of contract if the center fails to uphold the agreement.
In a letter to the Target Center management, by the Trump campaign’s lawyer, they stated, “This last-minute squeeze seems to be nothing but a pretextual political effort with serious First Amendment ramifications.”
“The Campaign cannot be in breach of an obligation it does not owe to AEG,” the letter continues. “Yet AEG’s failure to deliver the Target Center on Oct. 9 would be a breach of contract.”
“The Trump campaign informed the Target Center that the U.S. Secret Service is solely responsible for coordinating security and that withholding the use of the arena would be viewed as a breach of contract and result in court action,” the statement said.
By comparison in 2009, President Barack Obama held a rally at the Target Center, and the extra security cost was around $20,000 according to a report at the time.
Frey opposed the president’s visit in a statement last September. “While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis.”
In an UPDATE just at hand, the Target center has backed down in their demand for the extra fees, and Trump’s campaign is not required to pay the extra. The rally will go ahead as scheduled on Thursday.