October 10, 2019

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey faces antisemitic threats and thirsty Tweets after Trump attacks him

Minneapolis, MNOn Tuesday morning, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey received a text from his staff informing him that Twitter’s loudest, and most powerful, troll, Donald Trump, was tweeting about him. 

“Someone please tell the Radical Left Mayor of Minneapolis that he can’t price out Free Speech,” Trump wrote. “Probably illegal!”

This came after Minneapolis’ Target Center threatened to to cancel the president’s “Keep America Great” rally if he didn’t cough up a $530,000 security fee ahead of the event. (The Trump campaign has stiffed the local fire and police departments of at least 10 cities who have hosted his stump speeches to the tune of $840,000, according to the Center for Public Integrity.)

In public, Mayor Frey played it cool, responding in his own tweet, “Yawn… Welcome to Minneapolis where we pay our bills, we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors.”

But in an interview with The Daily Beast on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, Minneapolis’ second Jewish mayor told The Daily Beast the past 24 hours have brought in a wave of hate from Trump supporters.

“I’ve received everything from antisemitic rhetoric to threats, and it it’s disconcerting to say the least,” Frey said. His wife, community organizer and lobbyist Sarah Clarke, has not been immune to the ugliness either.

According to Frey, “Someone commented that she was trying to hide her identity because she has a different last name from me. It’s not hiding her identity, that’s championing her own identity. She does exceptional things and [a woman] can support her partner without being synonymous with him.”

Source: The Daily Beast