April 15, 2019 11:04 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- On tax day, President Donald Trump made a visit to Burnsville, MN, where he spoke in front of about 300 business leaders and supporters inside Nuss Truck & Equipment; owned by Rochester resident, Robert Nuss.
Early Monday morning, a crowd started to form outside. The small group of supporters quickly swelled to hundreds, as many eager onlookers strained to get a glance at the President.
However, across the street, hundreds also gathered in protest.
Before President Trump’s arrival, chants were being hurled back and forth. Everything from “Build that wall!” to “Immigrants are welcome here, no hate, no fear!” to “God bless America, God Bless America!” to “Show me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like”.
DFL U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar was a huge topic of contention. “Ilhan Omar is a human being like everyone else and her words were maybe not crafted the way she’d like, but you show me one person who hasn’t put their foot in their mouth, including Trump,” said Bethany Waldron.
“We represent and we stand for what is right,” said Janelle, “and just to be here in numbers and in strength to show there IS support here in Minnesota even though we didn’t vote for Trump in 2016. I think it would be beneficial to everyone that lives in Minnesota to have a chance of having a Republican in charge instead of always a democrat.”
“I am here because I feel very strongly that our government is being destroyed by this man [Trump],” said Sandy Ahlstrom, “I don’t feel hate for any of the people that are here but I feel they don’t understand what is happening because I have lived so long that I have seen the government work. We have always accepted immigrants into our country and we need workers.”
“I think he [Trump] is the best thing that has ever happened to our country, he supports our veterans,” said Lynn Johnson. “He is the only one who has taken the action to help people reduce their taxes.”
When the President’s motorcade rolled in at 1:30 p.m., the two sides merged into one mass crowd. Inside, as promised, Trump spoke about the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017.
“We are getting historic tax relief, that's the good part,” said Trump.
“I think Nuss Trucking & Equipment is a perfect example of a great business that has a great steak in the economy; not only in Minnesota but also in our country, and they have seen positive steps forward because of the tax cuts,” said Kennifer Carnahan, the Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.
The Mayor of Burnsville used the visit to highlight some key issues. “Infrastructure is very important,” said Elizabeth Kautz. “I would like to see him move on that agenda and that is important for us in Minnesota because it moves goods and services for us. The other thing is we need to make sure we keep the movement with the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to get it finalized.”
Meanwhile, Political Analyst, Blois Olsen, says while this was not an “official campaign stop”, the timing and location could be strategic. “Dakota County is a district that was held by a Republican, flipped to a Democrat. But if you look at the math … it is somewhat of the DFL stronghold in this congressional district,” he said. “The more someone visits somewhere, the more kind of excited and fired up their supporters become.”
Created: April 15, 2019 11:04 PM
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