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Commentary: Don’t blame Trump for Fargo rally costs unless you’re also willing to blame anti-Trump protesters

Gale McCray, 74, of Fort Worth, Texas, holds his sign protesting President Trump on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the intersection of Main Avenue and Second Street, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Kudos to Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney for requesting quantification for the expenses related to President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Fargo.

Now that law enforcement officials have had the chance to add the numbers up, we learn that the visit cost about $104,000.

I suspect that figure is a little bloated. According to Helmut Schmidt’s article on the matter, the total includes the salaries of the law enforcement officers who worked security. I’m pretty sure that’s a sunk cost. Which is to say, it’s something taxpayers would be footing the bill for whatever those officers were doing, be it working security at a rally or making routine patrols.

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