Protestes at a Trump fundraiser at the Minneapolis Convention Center grew violent overnight as “some fundraiser attendees were pushed and jostled, spit on and verbally harassed as they left the convention center” according to the Star Tribune. Trump’s fundraiser got off to a late start as he made a last-minute stop in Louisiana to survey damages from the recent flooding.
The demonstration was organized by the Minnesota Immigrants Rights Action Committee. One protester was quoted as saying:
“You’ve got somebody out there saying things that used to only be said in the shadows. I think what he’s saying represents something pretty dangerous for our country.”
U.S. Representative Keith Ellison added that “If Donald Trump had it his way, many of the people who are making this neighborhood the dynamic, interesting place that it is, the job generator that it is, they wouldn’t even be here.”
Although the protests were described as “peaceful” early in the day, they turned violent later in the evening. According to The Hill, “the later group of protesters hid their faces behind scarves.”
Protesters below are seen attempting to block Trump’s motorcade as it left the convention center.
— Emma Sapong (@EmmaSapong) August 20, 2016
The following video shows protesters violently “confronting” guests that are attempting to make their way into the convention center
Trump supporters run gauntlet to get into Minneapolis Convention Center pic.twitter.com/Ax8lfdqIUR
— Jaime DeLage (@JaimeDeLage) August 20, 2016
Meanwhile, the following video shows 1 Trump guest being punched on his way out of the convention center and others being harassed while trying to make their exit.
— Renee JonesSchneider (@reneejon) August 20, 2016
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