Trump Heads to Minnesota for Campaign After Barron Graduates

On Friday night, the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, will leave his hush money trial and travel to Minnesota for a Republican fundraiser in a state that is generally Democratic and that he claims he can win in November.

Following his attendance at his son Barron’s high school graduation in Florida, Trump will be the guest of honor at the state GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan dinner, which takes place in conjunction with the party’s state convention.

Trump plans to campaign in Minnesota, a state he believes he can win in the rematch with President Joe Biden in November, using a portion of the day that the trial court authorized for the graduation.

Since Richard Nixon in 1972, no Republican presidential contender has won Minnesota; yet, in 2016, when he lost to Hillary Clinton by 1.5 percentage points, Trump came very close to winning the state.

In 2020, Trump made multiple trips back to Minnesota, where he was defeated by Biden by a margin of 7 points.

Sen. Tina Smith, a Democrat from Minnesota and a friend of Biden’s, said the Trump team is “grasping at straws” if it believes it can win the state.

“The Biden campaign is going to work hard for every vote,” Smith stated in an interview. “We’re going to engage with voters all over the state. But I think Minnesota voters are going to choose President Biden.”

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Trump attended Barron Trump’s graduation from the exclusive Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will make an appearance at the banquet on Friday. Long before Merchan agreed not to hold court on Friday, the former president had long protested that he was not allowed to attend the graduation.

Co-hosting the dinner on Friday is House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, a representative from a central Minnesota district, and Hann, who is Trump’s state campaign chair. Emmer, according to Hann, had a key role in luring the former president to Minnesota.

The party’s state convention is held at the same time as the supper. The price of a ticket ranged from $500 to $100,000 for a VIP table for ten people that included three chances for pictures with Trump. Hann did not disclose the estimated amount of money he hopes to raise, but he does anticipate a full house of about 1,400 people.

Hann stated that all proceeds from the dinner tickets will benefit the state party, although he did mention that a portion of the proceeds from picture ops would benefit the Trump campaign.

Given Minnesota’s past and the state’s robust Democratic Party base, experts disagree on whether the state will actually be competitive this time. Hann, however, noted that over 19% of Democratic voters in the state’s Super Tuesday primary marked their ballots as “uncommitted,” indicating “great dissatisfaction with President Biden.”

This resulted, at least in part, from a protest-vote campaign that extended to other states in response to Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

‘We think we have a really good shot at Minnesota,” Trump stated. “We have great friendships up there. We’ve done a lot for industry. We’ve done a lot for everything in Minnesota. Worked hard on Minnesota. Tom Emmer is very much involved.”

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