Minneapolis isn’t interested in being another one of the Trump campaign’s unpaid bills and has asked for security detail costs to be paid in advance of Trump’s scheduled rally.
This simple request sparked a Twitter tirade from Trump where he accused Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey of being part of the “radical left.”
Frey suggested that Trump may not be using his time as president very wisely when asked about the Twitter feud in an interview with CBS:
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump for his Twitter insults, suggesting the president has too much time on his hands: "I don't know where the guy gets the time, but I certainly don't have it." https://t.co/VRZl03SdAr pic.twitter.com/DHVJav8mxi
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 9, 2019
Trump is accusing Frey of stifling “Free Speech,” but it would appear that he is just following the wishes of those that live in his city.
Radical Left Dem Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, is doing everything possible to stifle Free Speech despite a record sell-out crowd at the Target Center. Presidents Clinton and Obama paid almost nothing! The Minneapolis Police have been incredible….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2019
Salon reports that the Minneapolis City Attorney also thinks the campaign should cover the costs of the extra security needs, “It’s an unfunded expense and it should be borne by those who are putting on the event or at least the venue operators, it’s an expense that should be accounted for. It doesn’t matter who the candidate is or what the event is, if it’s anticipated that there will be a need for additional response … a source of revenue for that needs to be found.”
It is no surprise that Minneapolis wants its money upfront. Trump’s campaign has left unpaid bills all over the country.
According to the Center for Public Integrity, the unpaid total that Trump owes is over $800,000. He has stiffed at least ten cities including:
- El Paso, Texas
- Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Erie, Pennsylvania
- Mesa, Arizona
The campaign owes El Paso $470,417. The mayor is “hopeful” that it will be paid, but the invoice was created back in March. On the other hand, Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke paid his $20k police bill for his rally on time.
Mayor Frey doesn’t want to be left on the hook for Trump’s campaigning which shouldn’t even be an issue since the Republican National Committee boasts of raising more than $300 million in 2019.
Yawn… Welcome to Minneapolis where we pay our bills, we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors. https://t.co/v1cXvoD9uR
— Jacob Frey (@Jacob_Frey) October 8, 2019
Is it really surprising that Trump is leaving unpaid invoices in cities across the country? It isn’t much different than how he handled things as a private citizen.
According to Politico, Trump and his various companies have roughly 60 lawsuits with claims of non-payment. Real estate brokers, bartenders, painters, and several others have all claimed Trump has left them unpaid as well.