President Donald Trump has repeatedly boasted that he plans to flip the blue state of Minnesota in 2020, and to prove his point he’s headed to the Democratic bastion of Minneapolis Thursday for his first campaign rally since House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against him.
Minneapolis, a sanctuary city known for its left-leaning politics, is also home to Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born freshman lawmaker the president has repeatedly lashed out at on Twitter and cast as the one of the faces of the Democratic party.
Omar, who won 78% of her district in 2018, enjoys wide support in her hometown of Minneapolis. The city is preparing to greet the president by holding a massive protest outside Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, where he will speak Thursday night.
Thousands are expected to attend the protest, which will center on fighting Trump’s anti-immigration policies and what critics see as divisive rhetoric, according to Giselda Guiterrez, an organizer with Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), which is coordinating the protest with other local activist groups. She expects a large turnout among the city’s diverse community.