Donald Trump is in MN today, still hasn't bought TV ads here


For the first time since announcing his candidacy for President, Donald Trump will be stopping in Minnesota.

The Republican Presidential candidate will be the beneficiary and guest of honor at a dinner fundraiser at the Minneapolis Convention Center tonight from a group of Minnesota donors, according to the Star Tribune.

But it is a tight schedule, at least if Trump's travel schedule tweet is any indication.

Those attending the fundraiser need to make a minimum donation of $1,000 per person and there is a “maximum tier” for gifts of $100,000 or more per person.

The visit marks the same day that his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, resigned from the team, Politico reported.

Manafort had been essentially replaced earlier this week from Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon as newly-appointed campaign CEO and pollster Kellyanne Conway's promtion to campaign manager.

Anti-Trump messages planned

Anti-Trumpers aren't going to let a visit by Trump, albeit brief, go unremarked.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Rep. Keith Ellison will use Trump's visit to criticize the Republican candidate's tax plans at 11 a.m. at the Afro Deli in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council of American-Islmaic Relations (CAIR-MN) is also going to host a news conference to condemn Trump's rhetoric.

"Donald Trump's anti-Muslim and anti-Somali rhetoric is sowing division in our society and negatively impacting the lives of ordinary Muslims and Somali-Americans," CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said in a release.

Looking for Trump TV ads?

Tonight's dinner might be the only chance to see the real-estate mogul and self-described "Mr. Brexit" in Minnesota for a while, in person or on TV.

According to FEC reports, neither Trump nor any pro-Trump Super PAC has purchased television ad time in Minnesota.

His first ad buy for the whole election season came just yesterday. Trump ads will be broadcast in four battleground states (Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania) for $4 million, compared to the $61 million already spend nationwide by Hillary Clinton, Time reported.

Trump and Minnesota

This will be Trump's first stop in the state, as Trump did not come to Minnesota at all before the Republican caucus on Super Tuesday, March 1.

Minnesota was one of only three states in the country in which Trump did not finish first or second in the Republican primaries or caucuses (the others being Utah and Wyoming), finishing third behind Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in March.

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