President Trump’s rally in Minnesota Thursday drew hundreds of protesters, who lit MAGA hats on fire, reportedly threw urine, and attacked a Trump supporter as he left.
Protesters also clashed with the police, with one “tense” moment when they began chanting “Whose streets? Our streets” and “kill a cop, save a life.” According to Townhall’s Cortey O’Brien, “Blue lives don’t f***ing matter” was also among the anti-police language used.
Dozens of police in riot gear just walked through the crowd of anti-Trump protestors outside the president’s rally in Minneapolis. The crowd booed this show of force and then chanted: “Hands up, don’t shoot!”— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 11, 2019
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
More video from outside Trump rally in Minneapolis. We saw protestors throw stuff at police & their horses. Endless vulgarities. Intimidate Trump supporters & media. Surround cars so they couldn’t leave. Light fires. pic.twitter.com/xHffkSAPpx— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) October 11, 2019
In the Minneapolis streets outside Trump’s rally there was a rather tense stand-off between police officers and protesters chanting: “Whose streets? Our streets.” There was also briefly a chant of, “Kill a cop, save a life.”— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 11, 2019
Uh oh They lit ?? MAGA hats on fire ????????pic.twitter.com/0NqVEJ90FE— LeopardHeart_26 (@LeopordHeart_26) October 11, 2019
Scenes from the protest outside President Trump’s Minneapolis rally tonight... pic.twitter.com/dRawVjTLKF— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 11, 2019
A reporter for The Washington Post also shared video of when the protesters attacked a Trump supporter leaving the rally, yelling that he was a "Nazi" before punching him in the back of the head, according to Fox News, before he was able to get away.
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
Rep. Mark Meadows said the protests were an attempt to "intimidate future Trump rally supporters and goers."
"You know inside the arena just a few minutes ago was really lifting up and honoring the law enforcement and and giving them the respect that they're doing," Meadows told Jason Chaffetz, who was filling in on "The Ingraham Angle." "And yet outside a few minutes later, you have just, it appears to be just hostility towards law enforcement and really an unruly crowd."
He continued, "Listen this is all about making sure that they can try to intimidate future Trump rally supporters and goers. And that's just not going to happen."