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The latest as Minneapolis prepares for President Trump's rally

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets around Target Center.
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Downtown Minneapolis is bracing itself for a maelstrom on its streets Thursday evening, with tens of thousands expected for President Donald Trump's Target Center rally and associated protests.

Crowds have already been congregating in the streets and skyways around Target Center, with some Trump supporters out early in the morning waving flags around the arena.

Those with tickets to attend the rally started lining up early Thursday morning, even though the doors to Target Center didn't open until 4 p.m.

The president tweeted this video showing crowds lining up to get into the arena via the skyways.

Protestors from more than a dozen groups taking part in a demonstration against the president have started to gather, with the "Dump Trump" protest due to start in earnest at 5:30 p.m.

One of the most obvious signs of protest against the president is the inflatable "Trump Baby" that was on Wednesday evening inflated on the roof of The Saloon bar on Hennepin Avenue, with another since added on the roof of First Avenue.

As of early afternoon, there are only small crowds of supporters/dissenters on the streets, but more are expected as the working day ends.

The president himself is expected to arrive at MSP Airport at 5:55 p.m., before his motorcade makes its way to downtown Minneapolis, where he's expected on stage around 7 p.m.

There will be a heavy police presence inside and outside the arena, with streets around the venue cordoned off.

Trump's rally in Minneapolis comes at a time when he is under increasing pressure over the impeachment inquiry that follows his efforts to seek damaging information from foreign nations about his political rival, Joe Biden.

A Fox News poll released on Thursday morning found that 51 percent of Americans now support impeachment against Trump.

He has also been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for his decision to pull support for Kurdish fighters in northern Syria earlier this week, prompting the nation of Turkey to launch an offensive against Kurds on Wednesday.

Trump has spent part of this week engaged in a Twitter feud with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey over payment for security required for the rally. As he arrives in the city, Mayor Frey has proclaimed Thursday "Love Trumps Hate Day" in Minneapolis.

GOP chairwoman under scrutiny for tweet

There has already been misinformation shared on social media relating to the Thursday event, with one Twitter user posting a picture claiming to be of the line for the rally, despite it showing a sunny day (it's raining) in what appears to be desert city (which Minneapolis ain't).

Also under scrutiny for a tweet is Minnesota GOP chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, who claimed that Frey and the City of Minneapolis "banned TV cameras and media from interviewing rally goers waiting in the skyways for the rally."

Firstly, the Minneapolis skyways are privately owned and the city has no jurisdiction over them, and secondly there has been no shortage of media members interviewing people in the skyways throughout the day.

She was called out by, among others, Star Tribune reporters Andy Mannix and Mara Klecker, and WCCO's Jordana Green.

Carnahan then tweeted an update claiming that the city had "relaxed the policy" at noon and that cameras were once again allowed in the skyway, noting: "So any tweets ... saying I was incorrect are wrong. This was given to me by someone that works at a TV station in our city."

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