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Minnesota News Anchor Fact-Checks Trump Lie About 'Never Coming Back' To The State

After Donald Trump denied pledging never to 'come back' to Minnesota if he lost in 2020, KSTP’s Tom Hauser brought the receipts.

Donald Trump being interviewed by KSTP's Tom Hauser
KSTP-TV

After former President Donald Trump denied pledging never to "come back" to Minnesota if he lost it in 2020, KSTP news anchor Tom Hauser swiftly fact-checked him on live television.

Hauser reminded Trump of his previous promise to “never come back to Minnesota” if he lost the state to President Joe Biden in that year’s election.

He asked:

“I think at one point you vowed never to come back to Minnesota after you lost the state in 2020. Is this a signal that you think you have a realistic chance to win the state of Minnesota in 2024?”

Trump responded:

"Well, I never said I'd never come back. I never even thought of that. I thought I won [the state] in 2020 easily."

But KSTP had the receipts, as they cut to footage of Trump's appearance at a 2020 rally in the city of Duluth.

At the time, Trump did indeed say:

“If I lose Minnesota, I’m never coming back, I don’t care. I’m never coming back.”

Hauser also made clear that Trump lost the state by 7 points in 2020.

You can watch their exchange in the video below.

Trump was called out for his latest lie.








Hauser interviewed Trump the same day that Trump hosted the Republican Party of Minnesota's Lincoln Reagan Dinner at St. Paul's RiverCentre alongside House Majority Whip Representative Tom Emmer, who is Trump's campaign chair in the state.

During the dinner, he vowed to turn Minnesota red and claimed that if he wins the presidency, he will order the construction of an Iron Dome missile defense system over the country with "much of it being built in a place called Minnesota."

Trump criticized Minnesota's absentee and early voting processes, claiming it "gives them more time to cheat," despite there being no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state.

The crowd burst into thunderous applause and gave him a standing ovation when he announced he would cut off funding to any school teaching critical race theory—graduate-level study that Republicans have falsely claimed is being taught in primary schools—or enforcing a vaccine mandate.