Trump backs Jensen for Minnesota governor; Democrats pounce

Published 6:34 am Thursday, October 27, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS — Donald Trump has endorsed Republican Scott Jensen for Minnesota’s governor, the second statewide race the former president sought to influence this week as the campaign nears a finish.

Trump said in a social media post late Tuesday that Minnesota won’t have “any more fiery takeovers of police precincts” if Jensen is elected, a reference to a Minneapolis police station burned by protesters during riots that followed the police killing of George Floyd under Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s watch.

In a statement, Jensen gave the endorsement a cautious welcome in a quote that didn’t mention Trump by name, saying he was “grateful for those who have recognized” his ability to lead.

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Trump’s endorsement came shortly after he endorsed Republican Kim Crockett for secretary of state.

Democrats jumped on the Jensen endorsement in a statement that accused Jensen of embracing Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him, and noted that Jensen earlier this year called for Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon to be jailed over the election.

The Walz campaign moved quickly to try to raise money off Trump’s support for Jensen.

“The Jensen-Trump brand of divisive politics and dangerous rhetoric is the exact opposite of what Minnesota needs,” the campaign said in a fundraising email.

Trump falsely claimed in his Crockett endorsement that Minnesota elections suffer from “rampant” fraud. He has repeatedly pressed false claims that his 2020 election loss was due to fraud, even though the results have been confirmed by multiple reviews in battleground states, by judges who rejected dozens of legal challenges, and by Trump’s own Department of Justice and top officials in his administration.