Trump predicts wins in MI and MN, and that "having people like [Rep. Ilhan] Omar really helps."

Then exaggeratedly mispronounces her name: "Eel-an Omar...she does not love our country too much."
Then he rails at @GovWhitmer: "Get your governor to open up your state and get your schools open!"

A loud "Lock her up!" chant erupts.

Trump: "Lock em all up!"

This comes after 14 people were arrested for plotting to kidnap the governor.
Trump now really leaning into culture war stuff, claiming Dem opposition to ACB, "cancel culture" around, Confederate statues, teaching American history, etc.

"They basically want to take out our heritage."
Oh, here's a good one!

Trump says Biden "never had the kind of control that you have to have to be president."
And moments later Trump claims Democrats want to blow up Mt. Rushmore (they don't, actually).
The second "Lock her up!" chant breaks out after Trump invokes Hillary Clinton.

He loves it:

"Are we having a good time?!"
Trump: "I saved the suburbs! Women! Suburban women, you're supposed to love Trump!"
Trump just dropped a "Barack Hussein Obama" ref, so that's how this is going.

Nearing the hour mark, nary a mention of the pandemic, the economy or healthcare.
Trump blasts Whitmer again, prompting a second "Lock her up!" chant...

When it quiets down, he says: "They said she was threatened. And she blamed me! And our people were the ones who worked with her people, so let's see what happens...

"Our FBI has to start looking at Antifa."
We have just arrived at our second racist riff on "Eel-han Omar," which is a carbon copy of the first, claiming she "hates our country...

"We're going to win Minnesota because of her."
Trump says tech companies "are putting themselves in danger. Section 230."

Says they're refusing to disseminate news reports about Biden.

"He's a criminal," Trump claims.
Trump, who's called Biden "shot" several times already, just stumbled over the word "automotive" and tried to play it off as intentional.
Trump goes on about Hunter Biden, blasts the media for not amplifying the questionable NY Post reports. And then tries to stick the landing:

"The Biden family is a criminal enterprise! And I totally mean it."
That's three Ilhan Omar references from Trump and we're not yet done.

We've gone from how she's going to help him win MN to: "Minnesota, you better vote for me!"
Trump rally, in sum:

Speaking time: 100-ish min (lost track)

Ilhan Omar refs: 3

"Lock [Whitmer] up!" chants: 2
"12 more years!" chant: 1

Refs to COVID-19 caseload spiking: 0

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