Hundreds of Trump supporters protested on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol Saturday afternoon before marching (and driving) to the governor’s residence on Summit Avenue.
The “stop the steal” protest was part of a nationwide day of action organized by conservative activists, who believe that the media prematurely declared former Vice President Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.
A cardboard cutout of the president was affixed to the front gates of the governor’s home as protesters sang “God Bless America,” prayed the Our Father and chanted “front row Joe” in memory of Randall Thom, a popular Trump activist who died last month.
“Four more years,” “kids in school,” and “come out, Tim” were among the other slogans chanted by protesters.
“My governor is an idiot,” said one woman’s shirt, referring to Gov. Tim Walz, who was reportedly out of town. St. Paul police were cheered by the crowd when they arrived on the scene, which was closed to traffic throughout the demonstration.
The media pronounced Biden the winner of the election Saturday morning after three excruciating days of ballot counting. However, President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed lawsuits in several key battleground states, alleging voter fraud and misconduct in the elections system.
In a statement Saturday morning, President Trump said Biden and his “media allies” were “rushing to falsely pose as the winner” because they “don’t want the truth to be exposed.”
“The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media,” said Trump.
The president said an honest election requires the counting of “all legal ballots” and ensuring that no “illegal ballots” were counted.
“It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access,” he continued.
Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan released a similar statement, saying the media don’t “decide who wins elections.”
“For the news media to call this election for Joe Biden when there are still hundreds of thousands of votes outstanding in battleground states with razor thin margins does an injustice to the American people and our free and fair election system,” she said.
“With different pockets of voting irregularities around the country, it is our duty to ensure that this process is full of light, truth, transparency and freedom,” Carnahan added.
Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin declared that “this long presidential election is over” in a Saturday press release.
“After four long years, America’s allies abroad will have a president they can trust, our children at home will have a role model in the Oval Office, and Americans will have a President of the United States who unifies this country around our shared promise and dreams for the future. Our better days are truly ahead,” Martin claimed.
Biden won Minnesota’s 10 Electoral College votes over President Trump in a vote of 52% to 45%, significantly expanding on Hillary Clinton’s narrow win in the state in 2016.