Trump supporters, protesters trade barbs ahead of Minneapolis rally

There have been some tense scenes downtown.

Not all of the crowds converging on downtown Minneapolis are made up of Trump supporters.

Indeed, large protests against the president and his policies were underway Thursday evening outside Target Center, where a highly publicized Trump campaign rally is taking place.

Things have largely gone in orderly fashion, but there have been some tense scenes, confrontational signs, chants, and a shouting match or two:

Things got heated across the street from Target Center, where two groups began shouting at and taunting each other, as this tweet from local journalist Tony Webster shows:

In another tense display, it was protesters on the offensive. Star Tribune reporter Chao Xiong walked through a "gauntlet" of anti-Trump demonstrators as they shouted at people filing into Target Center to see the president (WARNING: the following video contains profane language):

There was drama inside Target Center as well, as the crowds waited for the president to arrive. According to FOX 9, a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey was escorted out by security staff:

The station says it's not clear why, exactly, he was being booted from the rally.

All this comes amid mounting strife in Washington, D.C., with Trump facing possible impeachment over his dealings with Ukraine. 

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