Trump calls Democrats ‘party of crime’ during Minnesota rally

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President Donald Trump addressing supporters during a rally at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Thursday.

This from Samuel Chamberlain at FoxNews:  “President Trump decried Democrats as members of the ‘party of crime’ at a rally in support of Republican House and Senate candidates in Minnesota Thursday night, as the Senate moved toward a crucial test vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The president warned that if Democrats take control of Congress in November’s midterm elections, they would ‘plunge our country into a nightmare of gridlock, poverty, chaos and frankly, crime, because that’s what comes with it.’”

For USA Today, David Jackson writes, “At his rally in Minnesota, Trump lauded Kavanaugh as a ‘brilliant’ judge who is being unfairly accused because he is a Republican. Employing some of his harshest rhetoric against the opposition party, Trump said Democrats are willing ‘to do anything, to hurt anyone, to get the power they so desperately crave … They want to resist, they want to obstruct, they want to delay demolish, they want to destroy.’”

For MPR, Briana Bierschbach and Brian Bakst fact check the president: “What he said: “And we will always protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. We’re going to take care of them. Some of the Democrats have been talking about ending pre-existing conditions.” The facts: Democrats are not trying to put future health insurance in jeopardy for those who have ailments that can be expensive to treat. One of the hallmarks of the Obama health law were guarantees that people with pre-existing conditions could access new policies. What makes Trump’s stance about taking care of people in that position notable is that his Justice Department has argued in a federal lawsuit that it won’t defend legal attempts to undo Obamacare protections. Democrats say that stance itself is a threat to people with preexisting conditions. The president also touted and tried to take some credit for the falling individual market insurance rates in Minnesota. He’s right about the altered cost curve, but he leaves out that state lawmakers put a half-billion dollars into an account to help insurance companies with their costliest claims.”

At The Huffington Post, David Marans writes about Keith Ellison: “Minnesota, typically known for its picturesque lakes and friendly people, has been thrust into the national spotlight in the past year for being at the center of the Me Too movement. It has lost two state lawmakers and a popular U.S. senator amid sexual misconduct allegations. Most recently, a state lawmaker whose 23-year-old daughter accused him of touching her inappropriately announced he would not seek re-election. But of all the scandals, the biggest one looming over the midterm elections is a domestic abuse allegation against Keith Ellison, 55, the six-term Democratic congressman who is running for attorney general. Not only is it giving a jolt to the Republican side, but it’s worrying some Democrats who would ordinarily vote for Ellison.”

WCCO-TV reports, “Residents in northern Minnesota could wake up Friday morning to the season’s first measurable snow. Meteorologist Matt Brickman says one to three inches of snow are possible in northwestern communities like Bemidji, Thief River Falls and Roseau. The flakes look to start falling overnight Thursday as a wave of moisture washes over Minnesota.”

MPR’s Tim Nelson reports: “Nearly 100 prosecutors and police met in St. Paul Thursday and came away with an unusual pledge for fighting crime: arrest fewer people. ‘Our jails should not be filled with the people we’re mad at. Our jails should be filled with the people we are afraid of,’ said Ronal Serpas, a former New Orleans police chief, Loyola University professor and executive director of the New York-based Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration. He was in Minnesota at the invitation of county attorneys and police agencies to talk about how to grapple with the limits of traditional law enforcement.”

From the Pioneer Press’ Nick Ferraro: “Keagan Lee Johnson-Lloyd, the man killed by a Hastings police officer this week, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Thursday. Also Thursday, the state Bureau of Criminal of Apprehension said in a statement that crime scene personnel recovered a box cutter blade at the scene of the shooting. … The BCA, which is leading the investigation, has not yet said what danger Johnson-Lloyd posed to the officers. Johnson-Lloyd, 23, grew up in Rochester and had been living at a Hastings sober-living home, Spirit Recovery Center, for about six weeks.”

In the Strib, Chris Carr says, “The question isn’t whether Sid Hartman deserves to be in the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame because of what he’s accomplished. The question is will Sid still achieve Hall-worthy success in years to come? The unstoppable newspaperman and iconic radio voice who predates, well, almost all of Minnesota’s sports history, still works nearly every day — early mornings, late nights and all things sports in between. And good luck finding anyone who watches him go about his business, day after day after day, who thinks this won’t continue into next year, when he will turn 99 in March, and beyond.”

Also in the Strib, this from Adam Belz, “The trade war with China is falling hardest on soybean farmers west and northwest of the Twin Cities, who are being offered substantially less money than farmers in southern Minnesota this fall. A wide gap has opened in soybean prices around the state just as farmers are bringing in the 2018 harvest. Soybeans grown to the north and west of the metro area for years have been shipped to the Pacific Northwest to be loaded on ships to Asia. But China, the biggest importer of Minnesota soybeans, this summer slapped tariffs on U.S. soybeans in retaliation for those imposed by the U.S. on steel and aluminum in May.”

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Comments (15)

  1. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 10/05/2018 - 07:56 am.

    “…Trump said Democrats are willing ‘to do anything, to hurt anyone, to get the power they so desperately crave … They want to resist, they want to obstruct, they want to delay demolish, they want to destroy.’”

    I’m pretty sure Don Trump mis-spoke, and was talking about Mitch McConnell and his gang during the Obama admin.

  2. Submitted by Paul Yochim on 10/05/2018 - 09:09 am.

    The DFL needs to hold Rep. Ellison to the same standard they are demanding Judge Kavanaugh be held to.

    • Submitted by Larry Sanderson on 10/05/2018 - 09:55 am.

      While I agree that Rep. Ellison should be held to a high standard, being elected Attorney General of a single state for one term and being appointed for life to the Supreme Court for the entire country are not identical.

    • Submitted by Richard Callahan on 10/05/2018 - 11:06 am.

      Paul, have you heard the specific allegations against Ellison? In an interview I saw with his accuser, she made these points: That she was living with Ellison, that they had a fight while she was in bed and he told her to leave, that she refused, that he grabber her by the ankle and pulled her off the bed, that she then left, and that this was the ONLY time anything like this had every happened. She also said she had video of the event but wouldn’t show it to anyone.

      I may be a cad, but as the accuser describes it, I don’t see this as a big deal and certainly not on par with true sexual abuse. There is nothing even sexual about it.

    • Submitted by Eric House on 10/05/2018 - 11:19 am.

      Yes, it is too bad that Ellison hasn’t called for an independent investigation (oh, wait, uhh…) It’s too bad that the party didn’t commission an investigation (oh, wait, uhh) it’s too bad that the investigation wasn’t referred to the legal authorities, even though it specifically says there is nothing to the allegations (oh, wait, uhh)…

      I’d love it if the Republican party held themselves to the same standards as the Democrats- too bad we all know that will never happen.

      • Submitted by LK WOODRUFF on 10/05/2018 - 04:37 pm.

        Early Oct UPDATE:

        “As you’ve probably heard by now, the results of the independent investigation into an allegation of physical abuse by Congressman Keith Ellison were released this week.

        This investigation by employment law attorney Susan Ellingstad found the allegation unsubstantiated.

        It’s incredibly important to Keith and our entire team that our supporters hear directly from us about what’s happening and how we’re thinking about the upcoming weeks.

        First off, here’s the statement Keith put out yesterday in response to the report:

        “I understand that Susan Ellingstad’s independent investigation has found the allegation against me by my former partner unsubstantiated.

        I want to thank Ms. Ellingstad for conducting this thorough, independent, and fair review, and I thank everyone who spoke with her for participating.

        “Addressing this allegation has been especially challenging given the important national moment we are in. I believe women who come forward must be heard,

        and to have their allegations fully investigated. This is why I have complied with this investigation fully, and will do so with any other inquiries.

        I thank the Minnesota DFL for taking this issue seriously and requesting this investigation.

        “At this time, I will be focusing on the issues of this important election.

        There is a very clear choice in this race. As Attorney General, I will stand up for affordable health care, a fair economy, and opportunity for all.”

        Second, if you want further information about the outcome of the investigation, you should check out the original article released by the Associated Press.

        This article also includes a link to the attorney’s independent report, which provides an overview of the investigation.

        We know the last few weeks have been difficult for many. As Keith said, it’s important to take into context the national moment we’re in as we work to move forward.

        We have a lot of work to do to make the epidemic of sexual assault a thing of the past. We believe all women who come forward should be heard, and should have their allegations taken seriously and fully investigated.

        As we find our way toward that future, Keith will continue to address this allegation openly and transparently, while standing up for Minnesotans and the future we all believe in.

        Thanks for being in this with us. We couldn’t do it without you.

        Ryan, Maria, Jeanne, Keaon, Gwenia, and the rest of Team Keith”

        Prepared and paid for by the Keith Ellison for Attorney General committee, PO Box 80824, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    • Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 10/05/2018 - 12:49 pm.

      Paul….and to what standards do you hold Donald Trump ?

    • Submitted by Susan Maricle on 10/05/2018 - 01:09 pm.

      When you can’t win on your own merit, you use fear and smear. First Willie Horton, now Keith Ellison.

      Say what you will about the Republicans, at least they support their own. The state DFL’s distancing from Keith is inexcusable. It would be ironic if he were the only person on the DFL ticket who wins.

  3. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 10/05/2018 - 10:13 am.

    “The trade war with China is falling hardest on soybean farmers west and northwest of the Twin Cities”

    This is not a short-term problem that can be fixed by a check from the USDA. If China buyers shift to Brazil for their soybeans, it may be a decade or more before Minnesotans can reclaim this vital market.

    • Submitted by Joel Stegner on 10/05/2018 - 01:36 pm.

      A check is not a fix. Do you think the Chinese are going to start buying soybeans any time soon. There is no replacemdnt market. If you knew agriculture you would understand the world of hurt Trump has put them in by another boneheaded move. It took years to build the market and he destroyed it.

  4. Submitted by chuck holtman on 10/05/2018 - 10:56 am.

    “President Trump decried Democrats as members of the ‘party of crime’.”

    From the guy whose every dollar has come from illegal tax avoidance and laundering for the Russian kleptocracy.

    Go away, please.

  5. Submitted by Pat Berg on 10/05/2018 - 11:22 am.

    “President Trump decried Democrats as members of the ‘party of crime’.”

    A uniter he is not.

  6. Submitted by Terry Beyl on 10/05/2018 - 12:51 pm.

    On the issue of a “party of crime” President Trump is half right. There are two parties of crime – Democrats AND Republicans. Politicians from both major parties have been guilty of not only sexual harassment; but also fraud, corruption, etc.

    There are reasons why polls show that a majority of U.S. voters want a 3rd party. Party identification for both major parties is low and dropping – most voters identify as independent. The approval rating for Congress is far lower than Trumps.

    Until there is election reform that allows for a multi-party democracy, nothing will change.

  7. Submitted by Joel Stegner on 10/05/2018 - 01:46 pm.

    Party if crime. OK – let’s look at the states where crime in high. The American Sourh where poverty is endemic, educational systems grossly inadequate, racism pervasive, mental health care anemic and the gun culture most firmly established. Minnesota is a low crime state. Of course, why would Trump even know that as he is oblivious to the word of facts. We do not accept his fundamental ignorance and hate. He didn’t win here in the Republican primary or the general election and if he is still around to run in 2020, he will get crushed.

    Notice he isn’t doing public rallies on behalf of Paulsen and Lewis. They are now down significantly in the polls largely on account of Trump.

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