MN DFL Responds to Trump's Visit with 'Day of Action'

Emily Ness
Updated: October 10, 2019 10:38 PM

The Minnesota DFL planned a 'Day of Action' to build support for DFL candidates and causes, in response to Trump's visit to Minneapolis on Thursday. Chairman of the Minnesota DFL, Kevin Martin said that members of the DFL are doing all that they can to take direct positive action through phone calls, door knocking and so on.

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“While Trump is throwing out the red meat to his base at the Target Center, we’re going to be having conversations with real Minnesotans throughout the state about their hopes and aspirations for the future,” Martin said.

In their efforts to focus on outreach, some DFL members will be boycotting Trump’s rally all together.

“There are certainly people who will be there protesting and we don’t begrudge anyone who wants to be out there showing Trump that his divisive rhetoric and failed record as president is not wanted in the state, but we’re really encouraging people to just keep working, keep having conversations with voters, keep reminding them of the stakes of this election and that’s how we’re going to win and something Paul Wellstone taught all of us which is the way we win is door to door, neighbor to neighbor, person to person, talking about our values,” Martin said.

On Monday, the DFL started a fundraiser called ‘Money Blizzard’ with the goal of receiving 1,000 contributions to aid in their outreach efforts before president Trump landed in Minnesota. Martin said that the DFL has surpassed that goal and are on their way to tripling it.

“We’re really excited about the outpour of support of people from around the state,” Martin said. “I think that if donations and volunteer sign-ups are any indication of the anti-Trump fervor in the state of Minnesota, I think Trump is fooling himself if he thinks he can win Minnesota.”

Some of the cities the DFL focused on during their ‘Day of Action’ included Bloomington, Vadnais Heights, Golden Valley, St. Joseph, Victoria, Cloquet and Duluth.

“We just want to make sure that we have a good balance of cities throughout the state and also areas where we have races right now—municipal races and other races on the ballet that we could also create some synergy around to use this energy to help democrats win in races throughout the state,” Martin said.

The DFL plans to continue raising money, making phone calls and knocking on doors in order to keep Minnesota blue.


Emily Ness

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