Thousands of protesters to greet Trump in Minnesota

Thousands of protesters are expected to greet President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE as he arrives for a rally in Minneapolis on Thursday.

There are estimates that more than 10,000 will protest the 2020 campaign rally, as two dozen separate organizations plan to make an appearance, from civil rights groups to labor unions to anti-capitalists, the Star Tribune reported

The infamous Trump baby blimp is also expected to fly during the protests. 



Protesters supporting the president will also reportedly be in attendance, including Bikers for Trump and the Minnesota-based Three Percenters. Pro-Trump demonstrators will also be protesting against the local Democratic mayor.


Rally attendees are set to pack into the Target Center, which seats 19,000.

The president is scheduled to arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 5:55 p.m. for his 7 p.m. event.

Mayor Jacob Frey, who has been feuding with the president over the rally's security fees, said the city has been planning for the event and expected turnout. 

“Our police officers in the city of Minneapolis will be enforcing the law,” Frey told the Star Tribune. “We’re going to be looking out for the safety of every single person present — whether you are protesting in opposition or attending in support. That is our responsibility.”

The police have reportedly asked protesters to leave their weapons at home.

The president and his campaign called out the city and Frey, accusing them of "attempting to extort" the campaign with security fees related the rally. The fees were charged to the Target Center, and the center allegedly attempted to pass on the charges to the campaign.

Frey told reporters that he does not "have time to be tweeting garbage out, so it's kinda surprising when POTUS has the time to do this himself."

Thursday's rally, part of Trump's effort to flip Minnesota from blue to red in 2020, comes in the district of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE, one of his favorite targets among House Democrats. Trump came under bipartisan criticism after a North Carolina rally this summer at which the crowd chanted "send her back" after the president brought up the freshman lawmaker.

--This report was updated at 4:17 p.m.