Trump Visits Minnesota Aims To Flip Traditionally Democratic State In 2024

Former President Donald Trump took a break from his ongoing hush money trial in New York on Friday to campaign in Minnesota a state that has not backed a Republican for president since 1972. Trump who narrowly lost the state in 2016 and by a wider margin in 2020 declared his appearance at the state GOP’s Lincoln Reagan dinner to be “an official expansion” of the electoral map and predicted victory in November.

“This November the people of Minnesota are going to tell Crooked Joe Biden – right? ‘The Apprentice’? ‘You’re fired!'” Trump told the roughly 1,400 attendees referencing his former reality TV show catchphrase. The event coincided with the state Republican convention and drew prominent Trump allies like former Sen. Rudy Boschwitz and MyPillow founder and patriot Mike Lindell.

Trump’s visit to Minnesota came after attending his son Barron’s high school graduation in Florida a day off granted by the judge presiding over his criminal trial. Minnesota GOP chairman David Hann said Trump believes he can win the state and the party agrees.

However Democratic Sen. Tina Smith a Biden ally dismissed Trump’s chances saying his campaign is “grasping at straws” if it thinks he can carry Minnesota. “The Biden campaign is going to work hard for every vote,” Smith said. “We’re going to engage with voters all over the state. But I think Minnesota voters are going to choose President Biden.”

Trump fell just 1.5 percentage points short of Hillary Clinton in Minnesota in 2016 but lost the state by over 7 points to Biden in 2020. No Republican presidential candidate has carried the state since Richard Nixon’s landslide victory in 1972.

Nevertheless, Trump’s campaign stop in St. Paul underscores his determination to expand the electoral map and his belief that he can flip traditionally Democratic states in his anticipated rematch with Biden. With tickets ranging from $500 to $100,000 for a VIP table with photo opportunities the Lincoln Reagan dinner was also a major fundraiser for the state Republican Party.