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Protest outside MN Trump event: DFL says pushing, yelling 'crossed the line'

Republicans Party of Minnesota demanded an apology, and the DFL party called protesters' actions "out of line."
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The scene outside Donald Trump's appearance at the Minneapolis Convention Center last Friday got hectic.

Here are a couple tweets from local reporters and others to give you an idea of what happened.

https://twitter.com/JaimeDeLage/status/766791860547354624

https://twitter.com/reneejon/status/766851862876135424

https://twitter.com/conflictMN/status/767026668405944320

https://twitter.com/UR_Ninja/status/767106400015282177

While that wasn't necessarily representative of everyone in the crowd (this video from earlier in the evening shows a generally peaceful scene, for example), it was enough for the Republicans Party of Minnesota to demand an apology, and for the DFL party to call it "out of line."

Republicans ask for an apology, answers

https://twitter.com/mngop/status/767764655011835905

On Monday Keith Downey, the chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, wrote a letter to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges addressing what he called the "abusive" treatment of Trump supporters – and the lack of protection by the city's police.

"The attendees arriving at this event were regular citizens coming to support a candidate.," Downey wrote. "They did not deserve to be physically intimidated, spit upon, accosted and robbed."

Downey also asked Hodges to explain how things got to the point they did, without police there to step in. In addition, Downey demanded that the DFL party apologize for the anti-Trump protesters' behavior.

DFL: Not cool, but we didn't plan it

https://twitter.com/MinnesotaDFL/status/767781220730167296

The DFL party indeed did respond Monday, with Chair Ken Martin saying in a statement that protesters' actions outside the Trump-attended event were too much.

“We support the right of protesters to gather peacefully but what happened on Friday night crossed the line. There is no excuse for violence in any form," Martin said.

However, the party did note two things:

One, the DFL Party did not organize the protest, and did not advertise it.

And two, they called out the Republican Party for "exploit[ing] the actions of a few protesters for political gain."

What does Trump think?

Trump, a prolific tweeter, actually didn't tweet anything about the Minneapolis appearance. But he is apparently feeling good about who he sees inside at rallies.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/767505383430782976

Even if most of the recent national polls show his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, with the edge.

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