On Thursday in Minneapolis, Trump supporters and protesters clashed outside of the Target Center where Donald Trump was holding a MAGA rally.
Many protesters burned the red Trump MAGA hats that his campaign is famous for. The fires were quickly extinguished by the police.
Protests outside the Target Center began in the early afternoon with different anti-war and women’s groups gathering against Trump supporters who were lined up outside the venue.
As the day went on tensions grew.
Around 9:30 p.m., a national correspondent for Fox News tweeted a video of protesters burning hats with Trump’s slogan.
Breaking: outside Minneapolis Trump rally. Protestors lighting Maga hats on fire. Rushing police. Calling them pigs, etc. Escalating scene. pic.twitter.com/HxUFzs8OWF
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) October 11, 2019
Then around 10 p.m. a Washington Post correspondent posted a video of protesters going after a Trump supporter identified as a Nazi.
A man in a blue jacket seemed to be leaving the Trump rally by himself when he was spotted by a protester who yelled: “There’s a Nazi over here!” A group of protesters then attacked the man, slapping and pushing him. He finally ran away. pic.twitter.com/jzYaWgca9g
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 11, 2019
After the rally was over a reporter from USA TODAY confirmed that urine had been thrown at police officers, but did not confirm if it has been protesters or Trump supporters. At one- point police had to use pepper spray to control the angry crowd. Protesters dismantled part of the police barricade and clashed with Trump supporters.
Police formed lines to control the intersections around the Target Center. There were several verbal confrontations when Trump supporters walked through the contained protest areas.
By 11:30 p.m., the situation seemed under control and most people were departing.
Several times during the rally Trump stated that he had a love for law enforcement yet he hasn’t paid law enforcement officers in several states for risking their lives protecting him and others attending his Maga rally events.