Another Anti-Trump Demonstration Turns Ugly
An anti-Trump demonstration in Minneapolis turned violent Friday night, spurring speculation that coordination between the Democratic National Committee and anti-Trump protesters may still be occurring. Leaked DNC emails in July revealed that coordination was taking place.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the protest was organized by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee. KARE 11 described the mayhem outside of the Minneapolis Convention Center where Donald Trump was holding a fundraiser as "tense and sometimes violent."
The protest turned when activists tried to storm the convention center and police were forced to hold them back. Protesters spray-painted obscenities on the convention center walls, threatened donors, and threw things at them as they left the event. They also reportedly spat on donors and chased them to their cars.
Reported KARE's Lauren Leamanczyk:
Things got really ugly as this event was letting out ... they burned an American flag while shouting obscenities.
Some of the donors needed a police escort so they could return to their cars safely. Others weren't so lucky:
Incredibly, there were no arrests.
The release of hacked DNC emails in July revealed that in the past, DNC officials have coordinated with anti-Trump protesters -- and in some cases had interns participate in the protests. Via the Daily Caller on July 24:
In multiple emails, DNC officials signed off and acknowledged the existence of two anti-Donald Trump protests in South Bend, IN and Billings, MT.
On April 29, a DNC press staffer, Rachel Palermo, alerted Eric Walker, deputy communications director, about a Facebook page for an anti-Trump protest on May 2 in South Bend.
“Whoo! Thanks to our interns for finding this out.” Walker replies, “I like it, as long as the students feel safe getting involved. I imagine this demo will be nicer than the one in San Fran today.”
That day in San Francisco protesters blocked off roads to an event Donald Trump was hosting. The Republican nominee ended up having to jump down from the highway and sneak around back to enter.
In another other email chain also on April 29, titled “Week-Ahead Notes & Assignments,” former DNC media booker Pablo Manriquez comments “this should be fun” in reference to the May protest.
University of Notre Dame, located in South Bend, is Manriquez’s alma mater. A DNC official wrote, “Pablo please reach out to any folks you think may be able to help.”
Another protest that’s directly mentioned in emails included one that occurred on May 26 in Billings, MT. The email is from May 20 and features notes on the “week ahead.”
The emails also revealed that DNC officials Brad Marshall, chief financial officer, and Alan Reed, a compliance officer, signed off on the use of Black Lives Matter organizer Deray McKesson as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton.
The emails suggest that interns were tasked with finding out about anti-Trump protests, and in some cases were asked to attend protests. Apparently, officials at the DNC were concerned with the optics of the anti-Trump demonstrations -- the more bodies that showed up, the better.