(MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO) — Donald Trump’s first campaign visit to Minnesota drew dozens of protesters and several supporters willing to pay up to $10,000 for the chance to hear the Republican presidential candidate speak at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Although the event Friday night was closed to the media and those who didn’t contribute to his campaign, a social media feed captured Trump saying he has “so many friends” in Minnesota and promising to return “a lot.”
About three hours before the candidate’s arrival, about 100 anti-Trump protesters gathered near Minneapolis Convention Center entrances. After Trump began speaking inside, some tried to get through the gated doors, which were guarded by Minneapolis police officers.
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Trump’s campaign did not disclose how many people attended the fundraiser or how much money it brought in.
Before the event, former Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said she has been advising Trump on foreign policy and issues of concern to Christian conservatives. She said Trump is right to call for more restrictive immigration policies.
“He also recognizes there is a threat around the world, not just here in Minnesota, of radical Islam,” she said. “I wish our President Obama also understood the threat of radical Islam and took it seriously.”