September 16, 2020

USA: 6 Democrat Minnesota Mayors Endorsed Donald Trump For President. “They’ve Gone So Far Left I Can’t Support The Democratic Ticket.” Police Union In Minnesota Pulled Democrat Endorsement.

Duluth News Tribune
written by Brady Slater
Friday August 29, 2020

As the vice president spoke at the Clure Public Marine Terminal on Friday, six Iron Range mayors voiced their approval with a well-timed endorsement letter.

A cast of Iron Range mayors didn’t upstage Vice President Mike Pence in Duluth on Friday, but a couple of them did take the stage with him — signaling their support for the Trump-Pence ticket in the most dramatic moment in a day heavy with conservative values.

“There’s many people in northern Minnesota who truly are Republicans,” Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson said, describing a blurring of what had once been solid Democrat country. “They truly understand what’s going on.”

Swanson joined five other Range mayors in timing their Trump endorsement with Pence’s arrival at the Clure Public Marine Terminal.

“I’m seeing people come our way every single day,” Pence told a crowd of more than 250 supporters, who provided Pence with a series of standing ovations throughout a 50-minute address.

The Trump-Pence ticket is vying for reelection to the presidency against Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris on Nov. 3.

Playing to the Iron Range crowd, Pence said, “The president stood up to Chinese steel dumping,” a sentiment later echoed by Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe.

In a fact check, it’s notable both men failed to acknowledge how President Barack Obama was the first to go after Chinese steel dumping, sending his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to Virginia in 2015 to address the matter. During what was a depressed time for the mines, the Obama-led effort put high tariffs on Chinese steel products and signaled a turnaround on the Iron Range.

“Joe Biden did nothing to help the working class,” Cuffe said in error, while proclaiming himself a former Democrat in support of Trump.

Former Duluth Mayor Gary Doty was also pointed out of the crowd by Pence, for being another Democrat who has swung in favor of Trump.

Afterward, Doty explained he was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor office-holder in the state Legislature in the 1970s, but held a series of nonpartisan offices after that. He’s always prided himself on being independent, he said.

“I come from a DFL family and many of them still are,” Doty said. “My dad was the head of the Teamsters and the things he fought for — jobs, benefits and working men and women — the Democratic party has lost that. They’ve gone so far left I can’t support the Democratic ticket this year.”

Pence didn’t have to work hard to win the red, white and blue crowd, including Pat Hanson, 72, of Duluth, who wore red to match Pence’s tie.

“It was wonderful,” she said. “Especially the support he received from the Iron Range mayors. I think Minnesota may very well go red.”

Since coming within 1.5 percentage points of winning the state in 2016, Trump and Pence have targeted Minnesota with repeated visits, eager to flip it red for the first time since Richard Nixon in 1972.

Kevin Arenz, 58, and Chris Klein, 37, rode motorcycles to the event from the Twin Cities, riding for the Boots on the Ground Bikers for Trump.

"I don't consider him a politician," Arenz, of Savage, Minnesota, said of Trump. "He's the president of the United States and the president of the world. What he's doing by stopping endless wars wouldn't have happened without him."

"I don't care what comes out of his mouth," Klein, of Richfield, Minnesota, said of Trump. "I care that he has balls.”

Regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there were hardly any masks worn and social distancing was not adhered to at the event.

Pence acknowledged the more than 1,800 Minnesotans dead to coronavirus, saying they were in his prayers.

“We are on track to have the world’s first coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year,” Pence said, making a claim some doubt is possible.

Pence also banged the drum for law enforcement, while pointing to retired Duluth police officer and 8th District Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Hermantown, in the audience.

“Your president and vice president know what Pete knows — that most people who serve in law enforcement are the best people,” Pence said. “There’s no excuse for what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis and justice will be served. There’s also no excuse for the rioting and looting and violence that followed.”

In addition to Cuffe and Swanson, the Iron Range mayors who announced their endorsement of the Trump ticket included John Champa of Chisholm, Chuck Novak of Ely, Robert Vlaisavljevich of Eveleth, and Andrea Zupancich of Babbitt.

Gov. Tim Walz stood up for Biden after the Pence event, telling the News Tribune there will also be several local officials who support the Biden-Harris ticket. Walz asked Minnesotans to consider whether they’ve seen an improvement in their quality of life since Trump took office.

“I would ask them if they’re better off in Chisholm than they were three-and-a-half years ago, if they’re better off in Virginia than three-and-a-half years ago, and if they want to continue to live in a country where you can’t even go to Thanksgiving dinner with your own family because politics makes it so toxic,” Walz said.

Three Black Lives Matter protesters were asked to leave the Pence event by authorities claiming they were on private property. The protesters left quietly.

“We were here to be seen and to say we don’t support Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” Malachy Koons, 21, of Duluth, said, blaming their rhetoric for inflaming violence in places like Kenosha, Wisconsin and Minneapolis.
PJ Media
written by Rick Moran
Saturday September 12, 2020

The most powerful police union in the state of Minnesota has pulled endorsements of several Democratic candidates after one of the candidates was recorded shouting “Blue lives ain’t s–t” outside Police Federation President Bob Kroll’s home.

The candidate was also filmed beating an effigy of Kroll and his wife in their own driveway.

The candidate for the statehouse, John Thompson, is a fine example of Democratic politicians in the state.

Fox News:
Minneapolis state house candidate John Thompson stood outside the police union leader’s home and and gave an expletive-laden speech to a crowd of Black Lives Matter demonstrators in August.
“Come on over here with your ‘Blue Lives Matter’ sign,” he said. “Blue lives ain’t s—, and if people in Hugo don’t support black people, f— Hugo.”

I don’t think Mr. Thompson quite understands this concept of running for office. Offending people won’t get you very far. Nor will beating an effigy of the police federation president in his own driveway win him many admirers.
One clip shows him saying “You think we give a f–k about burning Hugo down?” In another, he says “F–k Hugo.”

Ken Martin, the state’s DFL chairman, said the party doesn’t condone Thompson’s rhetoric but it is “grateful” for his work against racism.
His work against racism doesn’t include much healing, I see.
Peters confirmed late Thursday to the Star Tribune that his board reversed course on several DFL endorsements, but declined to share the full list for publication. He said members of the police group wanted to see Democrats give a stronger condemnation of Thompson and because he targeted Kroll’s wife.

“The endorsements that we rescinded, my issue was those candidates did not stand up to their leadership and put pressure on and ask why are we supporting a candidate who did this in Hugo,” he told the Star Tribune. “If this is the future of the Democratic Party, my organization is going to support elsewhere.”
Naturally, the GOP candidates who are benefitting from the switch in endorsements are happy to accept the cops’ support.
“Democrats have turned their backs on law enforcement and embraced radical ideas like disarming peace officers and defunding police departments,” Susan Akland, the Republican candidate running against DFL Rep. Jeff Brand in a southern Minnesota district, wrote on Facebook.

Republican candidate Bill Maresh, running against Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, posted a letter on Facebook from the group informing him of the endorsement.
There are plenty of Republican bomb-throwers out there, especially at the statehouse level so his rhetoric — while disturbing and wildly inappropriate in a political campaign — doesn’t concern me as much as the explicit threat against the police union president after beating a stand-in in his driveway. He also beat an effigy of the president’s wife — a prominent newscaster in the area.

Thompson gave an apology of sorts. “Inflammatory rhetoric is not how I want to address the important issues we’re facing, and I apologize,” he said. How about threatening a police union president and his wife with bodily harm? Sheesh.

I suppose we better get used to this sort of thing. There are no brakes on wild rhetoric and threatening actions. Thompson will probably become a rising star in the DFL because his colleagues are “grateful” for his “speaking out.”

UPDATE 9/16/20 at 2:12pm: Added info below as a reminder of all the destruction caused by the BLM Antifa Resistance paramilitary for the Marxist Democrat party. Why? Because of a false narrative that has been debunked. George Floyd died of a massive heart attack because of an overdose AFTER he swallowed his drug bags.

WCCO - CBS Minnesota published May 29, 2020: Minneapolis has entered the fourth day of unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, with rioters taking over the police department’s 3rd Precinct building late Thursday night, Christiane Cordero reports.

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