Donald Trump talks inflation, Biden and bacon to Minnesota GOP donors, leaders and activists

Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune on

Published in Political News

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former President Donald Trump headlined the state Republican Party's annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner on Friday in St. Paul, repeatedly ripping President Joe Biden and promising to fight to turn Minnesota red for the first time since 1972.

"This is an official expansion of the electoral map," Trump said of his appearance in Minnesota before claiming the dinner had set a fundraising record.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee repeatedly mocked Biden for how he walks and talks, as well as his policies.

"I'm going to rescue Minnesota from all the ravages, and we're going to rescue the Iron Range again," Trump said.

He took aim at inflation, electric cars and anything made in China, and referred to Biden as the "worst president in the history of the country." He wondered how he could be just 2 percentage points ahead of the incumbent in a new poll that he didn't identify.

"I don't know if that's good or bad," Trump said, adding that Biden can't walk, can't talk, "can't find his way off a stage."


Trump mused out loud about why Biden is competitive with him. "There's only one way it can happen: They cheat," he said, again without giving any evidence.

Republicans have to "guard the vote. They'll do anything. They have no shame," he said of Democrats.

The former president complained that his teleprompter at RiverCentre fell before he started to speak, and then he shook the rostrum on the stage.

"Who put this stage up? The fricking place is falling down," Trump said. "I noticed it keeps tilting toward the left, like too many other things. What a crappy contractor this was."


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