Emily Gruenhagen missed something about that Storm The Capitol rally in St. Paul


In a letter to the editors of the Mankato Free Press, Rally in Minnesota was peaceful, Emily Gruenhagen, wife of Gaylord Republican Glenn Gruenhagen, asserts that there was no connection between the gathering in the US Capitol and the event at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.

She writes:

It’s a sad day in America when liberals try to indict those who attended a peaceful rally at the State Capitol on Jan. 6 by trying to make a connection between them and the violent protesters who stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

We attended that rally in St. Paul and this is what really happened. My husband Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen was among the state reps who spoke. Rep. Susan Ackland introduced herself and shared why she ran for office. Glenn spoke about the governor’s prolonged executive orders which have put excessive burdens on families, schools and businesses, even causing many to lose their businesses altogether.

In addition, two pastors spoke, offering words of encouragement followed by much needed prayers for our nation. Obviously, it’s been a difficult year for our entire nation and people desperately need to hear a word of hope and encouragement from their spiritual and legislative leaders.

As we were leaving the rally, there was a call for everyone to get down on their knees and fervently pray for our country, and most did. Anyone who would try to equate a peaceful, prayerful rally in St. Paul with the violence that was instigated by a relatively small group in Washington D.C. has demonstrated their desire to restrict the Constitutional rights of those they disagree with. This is un-American.

Let me be clear, there was no connection between the two rallies.

Shame on anyone who would try to impugn those who were exercising their 1st Amendment right to peaceably assemble in Minnesota. Is this a sign of things to come under a Biden-Harris administration? God help us if that is the case.

This is curious stuff. The graphic at the top of this post--an invitation to the event--clearly states that the rally is for those who couldn't make President Trump's call to the nation's capitol.

She also claims that "liberals" have tried to make this connection. The media has repeatedly reported that the St. Paul rally was peaceful.

But not all speakers were calling for a peaceful transition of power from the Trump administration to that Joseph Biden, nor a peaceful end to Governor Walz's peacetime emergency. And then there was the cheering when it was announced that those rallying in Washington D.C.

It's not just the invitation. Those at the rally made the connection when the invasion of the Capitol building was announced.

First, here's the video of Akland's speech. It's clear that criticism of her praise maskless protestors is completely on target. 

Here's  copy from Trump supporters protest at Minnesota Capitol, decrying certification, the Minneapolis Star Tribune article reporting about pro-insurrection rhetoric shared at the rally:

They cheered and sang, and they talked about armed revolt. They posed for pictures and wore Colonial-era costumes, and they laughed when they found out a mob breached the U.S. Capitol Building.

The roughly 500 supporters of President Donald Trump who gathered outside Minnesota's fenced-off State Capitol on Wednesday mixed violent rhetoric with jubilation at a four-hour rally that later moved to the governor's residence amid chaos in Washington.

"Now you know why Trump wanted us there!" said Alley Waterbury, a local Republican Party leader from Woodbury who emceed the rally. "My God you guys, we are going to fight, we are going to go down, there's going to be casualties. I'll be the first casualty, I do not care."

Organizers from the group Hold The Line dubbed the event "Storm The Capitol," though they cautioned on Facebook that breaching the fence would result in arrests. Instead, they saved their energy for talk of armed revolution and charges of treason for those who stood in Trump's way.

"This is 1776 … the time for talk is over," one man said. "Be on the right side of history because we are about to make it."

The lack of violence in St. Paul was in contrast to clashes in Washington, D.C., between pro-Trump supporters and law enforcement that unfolded as a joint session of Congress got underway. In Washington, Trump supporters breached security at the U.S. Capitol, forcing House and Senate recesses not long after the certification debate began.

In St. Paul, protesters hoisted Trump flags and homemade signs. Others walked around with recordings of past Trump speeches playing on their phones. Numerous attendees donned camouflage and carried rifles, pistols and other firearms. Up to 20 were there on behalf of a state chapter of the Three Percenters Original group. A smaller group wore garb popular with the Boogaloo Bois anti-government extremist group.

The state leader of the Three Percenters Original group, an Iron Range man who identified himself only as Matt, said the group followed Trump's call to assemble on Wednesday to protest alleged election fraud. But he rejected descriptions of his group as an anti-government militia, and said that they "don't care who is president as long as the president abides by the Constitution."

"We're here because the president who we support has called patriots to the Capitol," he said. "We're here to follow suit in our own state." . . .

We have more at Unmasked, part 3: Minneapolis Star Tribune fills in Storm the Capitol context for Susan Akland.

Emily Gruenhagen would  have you think that this was a prayer meeting. 

Good one.

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 Image: The invitation for the rally.

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Emily Gruenhagen missed something about that Storm The Capitol rally in St. Paul