Trump comes to town

Digging into our archives I find a previous comment on Rochelle Olson: “Rochelle Olson is a pitiful excuse of a reporter for the Star Tribune. Back in 2006, I called her out as ‘reckless and feckless,’ a judgment I stand by today.” If you run into me around town and have an hour or two to spare, ask me why.

Olson covered President Trump’s appearance as the featured speaker at our impecunious state party’s Lincoln Reagan dinner last night. It sounds like a good time was had by all except Olson:

Former President Donald Trump headlined the state Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner on Friday in St. Paul, repeatedly ripping President Joe Biden, promising to fight to turn Minnesota red and return to one-day voting and paper ballots.

“We want a landslide in your state and we want a landslide in our nation that is too big to rig,” Trump said during his 80-minute speech in St. Paul. He ticked off a long list of things he would do in a second term, such as building an Iron Dome missile defense system over the country with “much of it being built in a place called Minnesota.”

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee repeatedly mocked Biden not just for his policies but how he walks and talks. “I’m going to rescue Minnesota from all the ravages, and we’re going to rescue the Iron Range again,” Trump said, adding that he wants Biden drug-tested before their televised debates.

Now why might that be? Olson does not pause to explain. Perhaps the reason is self-evident. Olson continues:

Trump lamented inflation, electric vehicles and anything made in China, and referred to Biden as the “worst president in the history of the country.” He lamented “Bidenomics” and said he no longer eats bacon because it’s too expensive.

Trump criticized Minnesota’s absentee and early voting processes, saying it “gives them more time to cheat.” There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Minnesota.

Minnesota’s voter registration law is precisely designed by Democrats to facilitate voter fraud. Take, for example, the case of Muse Mohamud Mohamed. Mohamed got caught — Apate (the personified Greek spirit of fraud) was Muse’s muse — but you’d have to be a fool to think additional evidence is necessary. Olson is a fool.

As I say, it sounds like a good time was had by all except Olson:

The crowd erupted into the loudest applause of the night and a standing ovation when Trump said he would cut off funding to any school teaching critical race theory as well as any school with a vaccine mandate.

“I will keep men out of women’s sports,” he said multiple times.

Trump mused about why Biden is competitive with him. “There’s only one way it can happen: They cheat,” he said, again without giving any evidence. Republicans have to “guard the vote. They’ll do anything. They have no shame,” he said.

Okay, Trump didn’t give any evidence of Democrats cheating, but consider the case of Muse Mohamud Mohamed, to pick one close to home.

The former president even complained that his teleprompter at RiverCentre fell before he started to speak, and then he shook the rostrum.

“Who put this stage up? The fricking place is falling down,” Trump said. “I noticed it keeps tilting toward the left, like too many other things. What a crappy contractor this was.”

Fact check: True.

He skipped among subjects in an unstructured speech with a constant stream of criticism of Biden. “We are a nation that has lost its confidence and willpower and strength,” he said.

“An unstructured speech” sounds like another criticism. One difference between Biden and Trump is the latter’s ability to speak coherently at length without a script.

He claimed Biden is “reportedly planning to bring in massive numbers of Gazans from the Middle East and resettle them in our communities.”

The crowd responded by booing and Trump said, “I’m surprised at Minnesota. I thought you were a very liberal place.” The crowd responded with, “Nooooo.”

I love Olson’s insertion of “he claimed” regarding Biden’s aspiration to import Gazans. It has been widely reported. If Olson gets her news from the Star Tribune, however, she might have missed it.

The crowd rose to its feet as he wrapped up by saying the forgotten people will no longer be forgotten and pledged to make America strong, proud, safe and free again. The crowd joined in as he finished with, “And we will make America great again.”

As I say — forgive me for repeating myself — it sounds like a good time was had by all except Olson.

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