Trump visit to Minnesota gets cold shoulder from Somalis
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit to Minnesota on Friday is getting the cold shoulder from the state’s Somali community.
They’re upset because Trump targeted the Somali communities in Maine and Minnesota during a speech in Maine this month. He said the U.S. does a poor job of vetting refugees, which he says raises concerns in Minnesota, straining its safety net and creating potential recruiting targets for Islamic terror groups.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations plans a news conference Friday to condemn Trump’s statements.
CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein says Trump’s “anti-Muslim and anti-Somali rhetoric” is sowing divisions and impacting the lives of ordinary Muslims and Somali-Americans.
Trump is coming to Minnesota for a private fundraiser in Minneapolis. The time and venue have not been publicized.