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Trump Falsely Claims He Won Minnesota in 2016 and 2020

Trump Falsely Claims He Won Minnesota in 2016 and 2020


Former President Donald J. Trump, talking Friday night time in Minnesota, which he vowed to boycott if he misplaced there in 2020, falsely claimed that he had gained the state twice, including that it was in play for him in 2024.

“I believed we gained it in 2016,” Mr. Trump stated throughout a fund-raiser for the state’s Republican Party in St. Paul, Minn. “I do know we gained it in 2020.”

The final time a Republican presidential candidate gained Minnesota was in 1972, when Richard M. Nixon carried the state.

Nevertheless, Mr. Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party who’s searching for to avenge his loss to Joseph R. Biden Jr. 4 years in the past, stated that his marketing campaign was including the state to its “official growth” of its electoral map.

Mr. Trump’s almost 90-minute look on the party’s annual Lincoln Reagan dinner was one other deviation from the standard marketing campaign battlegrounds on a day without work from his legal trial in New York. Last Saturday, Mr. Trump held a rally in New Jersey, a state he misplaced by double digits in each 2016 and 2020. Earlier on Friday, his marketing campaign introduced that it could maintain an occasion within the deep blue Bronx subsequent week.

Mr. Trump used his speech in St. Paul to lean right into a narrative that he stood for legislation and order, suggesting that he had performed a crucial position in quelling the riots within the state after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis law enforcement officials in 2020.

“I saved your metropolis,” Mr. Trump stated, including, “If you didn’t have me as president, you wouldn’t have Minneapolis as we speak.”

Mr. Trump started his day at the highschool commencement of his youngest son, Barron, in Florida, which the judge presiding over his trial in New York had given him the day without work from court docket to attend. That didn’t cease him from lobbing additional assaults on the judge, Juan M. Merchan, whom he falsely accused of denying his request to be excused.

“You know, for some time, the judge stated, ‘You can’t go to your son’s commencement,’” Mr. Trump stated.

Earlier on Friday, Minnesota’s Democratic governor, Tim Walz, assailed Mr. Trump over his false claims to an area tv station that he had gained the state in 2020. Mr. Walz, in a web based broadcast, known as Mr. Trump’s falsehoods “an affront to democracy.”

“He misplaced by over seven factors,” Mr. Walz stated. “And for him to crow that he thinks he has an opportunity, I remind people, Joe Biden got here nearer in Texas than Donald Trump got here in Minnesota.”

On Saturday, Mr. Trump shall be a headliner once more, on the National Rifle Association’s annual assembly in Dallas, the ninth time that the previous president, who has pledged to roll again restrictions on weapons, has addressed the group.

Mr. Trump final spoke on the N.R.A.’s conference in 2022, in Houston, whilst different politicians and musical acts had been no-shows within the wake of the bloodbath of 19 kids and two adults at an elementary college a couple of days earlier in Uvalde, Texas.

Jazmine Ulloa contributed reporting.

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