Trump Rally in Mankato Part of Law-and-order Message in Midwest

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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Local supporters, politicians and journalists from across the country packed Mankato Regional Airport Monday afternoon to witness a historic day for the city of Mankato, as President Donald Trump became the fourth sitting president to make an official visit to the city.

The president was welcomed by a roaring crowd of about 500 supporters Monday afternoon, as well as several members of Minnesota’s Republican Party, including Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) and GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.

The president gave shout-outs to several Minnesota Republicans, including former congressman Jason Lewis, who is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.).

After a visit of about an hour and 45 minutes, the president hopped back on Air Force One and headed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he’s held a similar rally.

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is zeroing in on Midwest battleground states with a law and order message to counter former Vice President Joe Biden’s show at the Democratic convention.

On Monday, Trump visited Minnesota and then Wisconsin, the official host state for the entirely virtual Democratic National Convention.

The GOP has a week of travel and political events aimed at blunting the customary polling bounce that candidates get during their convention.

In Mankato, Minnesota, Trump called Biden a “puppet of left-wing extremists.” In Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the president declared that the coronavirus outbreak makes another victory in Wisconsin more difficult but claims “we handled it.”

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