Multiple states are issuing new coronavirus restrictions as cases continue to rise. On Tuesday, the governors of North Carolina, Iowa and Minnesota held press conferences in which they provided updates on their COVID-19 responses.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said during his conference that the state will stay in phase three of reopening plans for at least three more weeks. Cooper also announced he will be reducing the limit on indoor gatherings.
“As you can see, these numbers are too high,” he stated. “Considering our trends and cooler weather driving events indoors, North Carolina will remain paused in our current phase three and we will adjust our indoor gathering limit down from 25 to 10 people.”
This week, North Carolina reached a record-high seven day average for new coronavirus cases after topping over 2,400.
Meanwhile, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) issued a number of new restrictions, including a mask mandate for indoor gatherings surpassing 25 people and 100 people for outdoor events.
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The venue for President Donald Trump’s political rally in Minnesota scheduled for Friday will be restricted to only 250 people after Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison put pressure on the business owners of multiple locations.
The rally was initially planned at the Rochester airport, but Ellison’s office demanded a “COVID preparedness plan” from officials from the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and the Rochester airport, as well as the Republican National Committee to ensure the event was safe.
The event was then moved to Dodge Center, prompting Ellison’s office to ask the Trump campaign and the owner of the building McNeilus Steel for their “COVID Preparedness Plan.”
That prompted the Trump campaign to move the event again, back to the airport.
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A Minnesota family whose garage and vehicles were destroyed by a massive fire claims they were targeted by arsonists over their Trump 2020 flags.
The incident happened in Brooklyn Center during the early hours of Wednesday last week, when homeowner Denis Molla says he heard an explosion.
“I heard just a big, loud boom, or a bang,” Denis told local media outlet WCCO. “The first thing for me was my kids, my wife. What’s going on?”
The destruction was extensive, with the flames consuming most of the family’s detached three-car garage and a trailer, and destroying the Mollas’ three vehicles.
“Two 3 x 5 Trump flags were on the trailer and truck,” reports WCCO.
Graffiti scribbled on the family’s garage stated, “Biden 2020,” “BLM,” and the anarchy “A” symbol, leading the family to believe the arson attack was a political hit job.
A majority of those attending President Trump’s rally in Duluth, Minnesota, were not Republicans, and over 17 percent of those in attendance did not vote in the last presidential election cycle, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced on Thursday, citing data gleaned from the event.
“Our data from the Duluth Rally shows @realDonaldTrump is still bringing in tons of new voters,” she said, listing the statistics:
- 60% of attendees were NOT Republican
- 20.9% were Democrat
- 17.2% did not vote in 2016
- 8.4% have not voted in last 4 elections
Project Veritas has released the results of an investigation into alleged ballot harvesting by supporters of Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, a key swing state in the 2020 presidential election.
Video footage captured by Project Veritas shows an operative, Liban Mohamed, bragging about collecting hundreds of ballots.
“Numbers do not lie. Numbers do not lie. … You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these; my car is full,” Mohamed can be heard saying in the video.
A huge blaze has erupted at a construction site in downtown St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota.
The flames can be seen for miles and have been recorded by onlookers from all over the city center.
The city’s fire department tweeted that the crews on site had to spray the building from the outside “because of the advanced stage of the fire.”
However, no one was inside the structure and no deaths or injuries have been reported.
Minnesota Attorney General and former vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Keith Ellison suggested that women who are victims of sexual assault should contact a therapist instead of calling the police on their assailant.
The Federalist reports that Ellison made the remarks during a Zoom discussion with Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), one of the prospective Democratic vice-presidential candidates.
“If you’re a woman who’s been a victim of a sexual assault, and the assailant ran away, wouldn’t you rather talk to somebody who is trained in helping you deal with what you’re dealing with, as opposed to somebody whose main training is that they know how to use a firearm? Right?” Ellison told Bass.
Ellison has previously himself been involved in a violent altercation with Amy Louise Alexander, a former girlfriend he was having an affair with. Another former girlfriend, Karen Monahan, has accused Ellison of giving her “complex PTSD” through repeated physical abuse. Monahan alleged the abuse took place while Ellison was serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Citing ethical concerns, Minnesota’s largest newspaper has endorsed Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Democratic primary opponent.
The Star Tribune said Omar’s numerous scandals have been a distraction and that she has failed to “unite” her district because she wants to “lead a movement” instead.
“Omar’s 2018 victory launched her into the national spotlight as the first Muslim woman and first refugee elected to Congress. But her time has been marred by missteps, including remarks on Israel widely regarded as anti-Semitic, an outsized number of missed votes, and campaign-finance issues,” the paper stated, adding that “Omar has sent more than $1.6 million to her husband’s D.C. political consulting firm, E Street Group, and is herself the target of a Federal Election Commission complaint regarding travel expenses.”
“…Omar took little responsibility for her rocky start, instead largely blaming her critics and saying her failing was perhaps in not realizing what a ‘special unicorn’ she would be in Congress.”
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Democratic Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Friday night appeared to try and shift the blame for the relentless riots in his city onto “white supremacists.”
“When asked by a reporter if Walz was aware of rumors that white supremacists had joined some of the looting he said, ‘My suspicious and what I’ve seen on this, yes,’” NBC News reported.
Michelle Malkin predicted similar would happen just hours earlier.