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Anti-Trump Protesters in Minneapolis Burn American Flag, MAGA Hats

Hundreds of people protested outside President Donald Trumps rally in Minneapolis Thursday, to a bonfire of MAGA memorabilia and chants of “Nazi scum!”

Compiled footage from outside Target Center, the rally venue, shows police looking on as protesters chant, “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Donald Trump has got to go!” and people standing around a fire consuming a stack of items including a red “Make America Great Again” hat and an American flag.

“Shine, let it shine, let it shine!” they chanted.

Protesters burn items outside Target Center in Minneapolis, the venue for a Trump rally, on Oct. 10, 2019. (AP)

The Blaze reporter Elijah Schaffer shared footage from the scene, which showed protesters lifting barricades, pointing lasers at people capturing photographs or video, and one person waving around a communist flag.

“The situation outside the Trump rally in Minnesota is quickly deteriorating,” Schaffer captioned his post. “Left wing protestors are destroying barricades. A protester can be seen waving the Chinese flag in front of riot police. While people in Hong Kong wave American flags for freedom, we wave Chinese flags.”

The situation outside the Trump rally in Minnesota is quickly deteriorating

Left wing protestors are destroying barricades

A protestor can be seen waving the Chinese flag in front of riot police. While people in Hong Kong wave American flags for freedom, we wave Chinese flags pic.twitter.com/XVl551kyqZ

— Elijah Schaffer (@ElijahSchaffer) October 11, 2019

While Schaffer mentioned that it was a Chinese flag, it appears, upon closer examination, to have been the flag of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or USSR, which collapsed in 1991.

Meanwhile, over 20,000 supporters of the president had filled the venue, while even more waited outside. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale reported the numbers on Twitter.

“Incredibly huge crowd! 20,000+ inside, 25,000 outside! Minnesota showed up in big numbers to prove It can go red in 2020!”

Incredibly huge crowd! 20,000+ inside, 25,000 outside! Minnesota showed up in big numbers to prove It can go red in 2020! pic.twitter.com/HVeSk3dvuN

— Brad Parscale (@parscale) October 11, 2019

Cell phone video posted by Star Tribune reporter Chao Xiong showed Trump supporters walking through a crowd of protesters, who were shouting, “Lock him up” and “Shame on you.”

Xiong interviewed two rally attendees, Craig and Penny Siewert, who said they support Trump “because he stands for most of the values that I support” and “hes done a lot for this country.”

“It was deafening,” Penny Siewert said, describing the experience of wading through the crowd of protesters, adding, “they have the right to be here, too, but they could do it a little more peacefully.”

“Childish,” her husband said, adding, “they screamed right in your ear.”

Fox reported that multiple protesters were arrested and cited one report that protesters threw urine. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that police deployed pepper spray.

    

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