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Local legislator describes Trump fundraiser, protests in Minneapolis

A lawmaker from the Brainerd lakes area recalled her experience of attending a Donald Trump event in Minneapolis Friday that drew heated protests. Minnesota Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, said she went with her husband to the fundraiser at the...

A lawmaker from the Brainerd lakes area recalled her experience of attending a Donald Trump event in Minneapolis Friday that drew heated protests.

Minnesota Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, said she went with her husband to the fundraiser at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The fundraiser was closed to the general public and the press, and Ruud said she was screened with a background check. She was likely the only state legislator there, she said, and about 60 people attended.

Tickets ran from $1,000 a person to $100,000 per couple, the Star Tribune reported.

During his remarks, Trump talked about his recent visit to flood-ravaged Louisiana, Ruud said.

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Ruud and her husband got to the event early and walked across the skyway from their parking spot to the convention center, thus avoiding the protestors. The Star Tribune said protesters jostled and pushed attendees after the event was over, as well as spit on them and verbally harassed them. However, police reported no injuries and no arrests.

"It's really their right to do that, but it's not their right to get violent," Ruud said of the protestors. It appeared there were more members of the media covering the protest than protestors themselves, she added.

She said Hillary Clinton, Trump's opponent, could stop the violence if she denounced it.

"You don't see that at her rallies," she said of the fracas.

Although she said she's always liked Trump, Ruud originally supported Carly Fiorina during the Republican presidential primary until Fiorina dropped out. She personally met the former Hewlett-Packard CEO through the National Foundation for Women Legislators, she said.

Ruud said she supports Trump because of his pro-life stance, as well as his support of the Second Amendment and his views on immigration as well as veterans affairs and the military.

Ruud said she was excited after hearing that Trump may return to Minnesota for a larger, rally event.

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