Supporters of President Trump were ambushed as they left a campaign rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis last night. Video posted to social media sites such as Twitter and YouTube shot by reporters and participants show hundreds of violent thugs targeting rally participants as they exited the arena, and some were said to have thrown urine and other objects at police.

Police reportedly used pepper spray and bear mace to break up the mob and some reporters covering the riot say they were maced as well. Dozens of rallygoers had their MAGA hats and other campaign materials taken from them and burned in a bonfire in the street. Some of the antagonists waved Chinese flags at police. Several reporters say Antifa participated in and most likely organized the brazen attack. 

The bold attack in Minneapolis comes as no real surprise as Mayor Jacob Frey proclaimed Thursday as “Love Trumps Hate Day” in the city, in solidarity with the anti-Trump protesters. Frey did everything he could to prevent the Trump rally and when he failed, he gave a nod to the goon squad to go in and attack his citizens. 

This is not the first time that elected officials have seemed to endorse violence against Trump supporters. It happened recently in Portland and in June in San Jose. This is how the radical left reacts to free speech and freedom of assembly. Imagine what life in America would be like if they were to gain control of our government. 

What happened last night in Minneapolis is intolerable and Mayor Frey shares responsibility for it. Do people like Frey believe that their jackboot tactics will discourage Trump supporters from voting? That is certainly their intent and you can expect to see an uptick in the violence as the election draws near.

What is extremely disheartening is the lack of press coverage Minneapolis is receiving. The mainstream media is fixated on a fake impeachment investigation and is blind to all else. In its minimal coverage of Minneapolis, Fox News even hinted that the riots might have been Trump's fault because according to its recent poll, an increasing number of people want Trump removed from office. 

These are dangerous times we are living in. We can no longer count on the government to protect us or the media to tell us the truth.

Stand strong, America.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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