Gage Skidmore by way of FlickrIt was a day of dueling presidential campaigns in northern Minnesota, with each candidates swinging by means of the world to ship stump speeches. For his half, President Donald Trump spoke from Bemidji Airport on Friday, the place he touted his dealing with of the coronavirus and the summer time protests, and took swipes at his opponent in addition to Democratic leaders each regionally and nationally.He additionally took purpose at immigration, telling the cheering Minnesota crowd that Vice President Joe Biden has an “excessive plan to flood your state” with refugees from Somalia, Yemen and Syria — international locations he described as amongst “the most harmful locations on the earth.” Trump additionally repeated a declare that Biden wished to lift the refugee admissions into the U.S. by 700 p.c. As Roll Name identified in a current truth test, nevertheless, “this doesn’t account for the truth that Trump has slashed the variety of refugees allowed into the nation since he took workplace”:So, it’s true that Biden’s platform calling for an preliminary cap of 125,000 is a rise — it’s really about 600 p.c larger than the present cap — however it’s solely about 14 p.c larger than the quantity set earlier than Trump took workplace.As he did throughout his October go to to Minneapolis, Trump scorched U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who represents Minnesota’s fifth District (which covers Minneapolis), repeating a variety of unfounded claims concerning the congresswoman — together with that she allegedly married her brother.These had been amongst different unsubstantiated or deceptive claims and statements Trump made in the course of the rally, together with his taking credit score for dispatching the Nationwide Guard to Minneapolis to place down rioting and looting — when the truth is it was Gov. Tim Walz who referred to as within the Guard. The president went on to tout his help of iron ore mining on Minnesota’s Iron Vary, saying that President Barack Obama closed the Iron Vary, and referencing strikes to open up the area to copper mining once more and restore native jobs. He additionally mentioned Biden needs to close down the Iron Vary once more, contradicting Biden’s personal statements — wherein he has laid out plans to create “hundreds of thousands of high-paying union jobs” within the sector. Although he took credit score for serving to reverse Huge Ten soccer’s cancellation resulting from COVID-19, he spent comparatively little time speaking concerning the pandemic, although he did criticize shutdowns and their impact on the economic system. Under are another highlights from Trump’s Bemidji occasion:Earlier within the day, Biden spoke on the Carpenters Coaching Institute in Hermantown, within the Duluth space. You’ll be able to take a look at protection of his speech proper right here.