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Duluth mayor responds to Trump caravan that blocked street outside her home

“This was simply another example to an attempt to utilize power to control a woman who, in their estimation, stepped out of line," she said.

More than a dozen trucks with Donald Trump signs and flags drove by Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's house on Friday, days after she called Trump a white supremacist. 

The parade of vehicles involved people honking, shouting, playing loud music and blocking traffic on Larson's skinny street in the Chester Park neighborhood of Duluth, the Duluth News Tribune says

The parade was apparently in response to what Larson said ahead of President Trump's visit to Duluth on Wednesday, Sept. 30. During a call with local and state DFL officials, Larson said, "We have a white supremacist in the White House who cares only about himself, who says he is about law and order, but I can guarantee you is coming into my community, disregarding the laws of health and safety for Minnesotans,” according to the Star Tribune

Larson addressed the caravan on Twitter Sunday night, saying they were attempting to "bully and intimidate" her. 

“Exercising free speech is one thing. Blocking access to emergency response for an entire neighborhood is another,” she said in the tweet, noting she's received videos showing the same vehicles "yelling racist taunts and harassing others" elsewhere in the city and encouraged people to report similar incidents to police. 

Larson noted she didn't see any women involved in the caravan, adding that “This was simply another example to an attempt to utilize power to control a woman who, in their estimation, stepped out of line."

Minnesota GOP Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan tweeted about Larson's response on Monday, saying "A truck parade is not bullying. Using the mayor's office to call [the president] a white supremacist is."

Carnahan mentioned a rally held outside the Hugo home of Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll in August. At that protest, House District 67A candidate John Thompson wore a "Bob KKKroll must go" T-shirt and mentioned burning down the city, while protesters beat pinata effigies of Kroll and his wife, WCCO's Liz Collin.

She also mentioned a protest outside the Maple Grove home of state Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove. According to KSTP, dozens of cars showed up outside the home, honking and demanding criminal justice reform.

And those haven't been the only demonstrations outside politicians' homes this year. There were protests outside of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman's house following the killing of George Floyd and outside of the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul, people protested Gov. Tim Walz's shutdowns at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday's caravan in Duluth comes as health officials urge people who attended President Trump's rally on Sept. 30 to get tested for COVID-19. The day after his visit, Trump tested positive for the virus, and the large gathering of supporters came amid an increase of community spread within St. Louis County. 

After the event, the Minnesota Department of Health said anyone who went to the event should get tested for the coronavirus, especially if they have symptoms. People should get tested 5-7 days after the event and if they test negative, get tested again around the 12-day mark. 

Meanwhile, for people who've had a known exposure to COVID-19, they should quarantine for 14 days, regardless of if they tested negative. That's because a COVID test is a point in time indicator, so if a person is tested too soon, their result may be negative even though they could be infected with the virus.

Also during Trump's rally, a WCCO TV photojournalist was attacked by one of the president's supporters, with the station reporting the man knocked the journalist's cell phone from his hand. The Duluth Police Department said last week that they've identified the person involved in the incident.

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