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Awash in the the chaos, incompetence and serious sleaze factor of our national crime drama, it can be hard to remember how deeply, daftly factious our political landscape has become. How's this: The (so-called) president of these United States says he's holding a rally in a major city, and the leaders of said city declare they don't want him. Thus, smack dab in the middle of impeachment frenzy, has Trump's re-election team announced he'll hold one of his famously constructive, curative Nazi rallies Oct. 10 at Target Center in Minneapolis - the most Democratic city in one of the most Democratic states, the progressive home of Trump nemesis and wildly popular Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and a place so scarily diverse and Sharia-law-loving that rabid GOPers once claimed it had white people's no-go zones. State GOP leaders say they're "overjoyed" to have the Racist-In-Chief come visit because he's "delivered on his promises, and he looks forward to celebrating those successes with the great men and women of Minnesota,” adding that Captain Bone Spurs is "absolutely not afraid to go right into the belly of the beast" to show the contrast between his message of “believing in America" vs. Omar’s “anti-American" rhetoric, because what's more appealing to voters in a bitterly divided land than a hate-filled, spittle-flecked, demented old white man venting and ranting against an elected woman of color?
In truth, Trump will be arriving in a state that's voted Democratic since 1972 and can't abide him. Having lost the state by a slim margin in 2016, he now likes to brag he can win it; he's evidently missed polls showing his approval plunging 18% during a stellar reign that's brought fewer manufacturing jobs to cities, hardship to farmers - trade wars with China are easy to win! - and widespread revulsion toward his attacks on immigrants, women and Omar in a state where “race-baiting doesn't particularly play well" and appalled judges have bucked tradition by simply removing him from citizenship ceremonies. So it was that, when the rally was announced, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a young, hip Democrat, swiftly, brutally responded. “Under ordinary circumstances, it would be an honor to welcome a sitting President (and) showcase all our city has to offer on the national stage. But these aren’t ordinary circumstances,” he wrote, adding that Trump “does not value (the) rights of Minneapolis’ diverse communities” and the city “will not stand behind (him). While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis.” City officials echoed him; others argue the deadbeat who's stiffed ten cities for $841,219 in unpaid bills should at least pay up front for his abusive performance.
Meanwhile, in a city that once boasted high-profile, much-admired Christmas decorations proclaiming "Trump Is A Traitor" - and where, residents gleefully note, he last headed with toilet paper stuck to his shoe - activists quickly galvanized for the upcoming horror show. Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, Women’s March Minnesota and at least 12 other organizations are hosting "Dump Trump" and "Resist the Trump Rally" protests for which over 12,000 people have already signed up. Many are buying mini-Trump Baby balloons or bulk orders of whistles to declare, "We the People are all whistleblowers." In an attempt to have empty seats facing the Great Dictator, others are booking seats for themselves, their cats, their guinea pigs, their long-lost relatives and then planning to stay far, far away. People are posting their urgent reasons to turn up: Because "we are fighting for our lives," and "Silence is not an option." Given the added impetus of a new impeachment probe along with so many other wretched crimes, organizers have hopes of a massive "protest for the ages." "The general outrage against the Trump administration’s policies is palpable here,” said one. "It's a perfect storm (for) an unprecedented outpouring of resistance.”Inshallah.
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