PHOTO: Pool
Now playing
01:17
Trump lashes out at impeachment inquiry during rally
Now playing
01:21
Lawmaker fires back at Tucker Carlson's QAnon spin
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) asks a question at a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.
PHOTO: Alex Edelman/Pool/Getty Images
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) asks a question at a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Now playing
01:40
Trump plans to campaign against Sen. Murkowski in 2022
Biden 03062021
PHOTO: CNN
Biden 03062021
Now playing
02:28
'Help is on the way': Biden speaks after Senate passes relief plan
Now playing
03:04
Schumer: Nobody said it would be easy, but it is done
01 senate stimulus bill 210306
PHOTO: Senate TV
01 senate stimulus bill 210306
Now playing
01:47
Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Sen. John Cornyn (R) (R-TX) talks with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) while walking to the U.S. Senate chamber for a vote March 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate continues to debate the latest COVID-19 relief bill.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Win McNamee/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Sen. John Cornyn (R) (R-TX) talks with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) while walking to the U.S. Senate chamber for a vote March 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate continues to debate the latest COVID-19 relief bill. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:54
Axelrod breaks down Manchin's surprising move
sinema
PHOTO: CNN
sinema
Now playing
01:50
Senator's move has many on the internet outraged
PHOTO: FBI
Now playing
02:58
Trump State Department official charged in Capitol riot
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. Sen. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) speaks on the floor of the House Chamber during a joint session of congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. Sen. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) speaks on the floor of the House Chamber during a joint session of congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:19
This is what Rep. Gosar was posting days before Capitol riot
John King Magic Wall 0305
PHOTO: CNN
John King Magic Wall 0305
Now playing
02:17
President Biden sending a team to the US-Mexico border
Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner  attends a press conference on September 4, 2020, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/AFP via Getty Images
Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner attends a press conference on September 4, 2020, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Now playing
02:50
Jared Kushner disappears from Trump's inner circle
Rep john garamendi 0305
PHOTO: CNN
Rep john garamendi 0305
Now playing
02:33
Rep. Garamendi: Any lawmaker involved in Capitol riots ought to be thrown out of Congress
Protesters gather at Lincoln Park to demand the Emancipation Memorial be taken down on June 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.
PHOTO: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Protesters gather at Lincoln Park to demand the Emancipation Memorial be taken down on June 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Now playing
03:01
Why some people want this Abraham Lincoln statue taken down
psaki
PHOTO: CNN
psaki
Now playing
00:56
Psaki fires back at Trump testing czar over vaccine claims
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
03:04
Avlon: Pence's op-ed is 'way worse than Stockholm syndrome'
(CNN) —  

President Donald Trump used his rally in Minneapolis Thursday night to hit on several of his key issues through a Minnesota frame – zeroing-in on the state’s Somali population to tout his administration’s restrictions on immigration and what he called his “travel ban,” as well as criticizing Democratic policies by railing against a favorite target of his, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

During the rally, Trump specifically challenged the case for allowing Somali refugees to settle in the North Star State.

“For many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers. I promised you that as president I would give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration control. And I’ve done that,” Trump said, touting what he called his “travel ban,” which specifically targeted Muslim-majority countries. The ban includes Somalia.

In the first few months of his administration, Trump asked then-acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke why he could not ban refugees from “f*****g Somalia” in a bout of rage at his Bedminster golf club.

The episode was detailed in the book titled “Border Wars,” by The New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned Trump’s Thursday night remarks, calling it a “racist rant.”

“Last night’s racist rant targeting Somali-Americans is just the latest example of Donald Trump’s use of white supremacist and anti-immigrant rhetoric to advance his twisted political agenda by dividing our nation along racial, ethnic and religious lines,” Nihad Awad, the group’s executive director, said. “It is all the more disturbing that the almost all-white audience welcomed this overt racism and that Republican political leaders remain silent or even support such bigotry.”

The President also boasted a reduction of refugee settlement in the US by 85% since taking office and also cited an executive action that “no refugees will be settled in any city or state without the express consent” of state and local governments.

“You should be able to decide what is best for your cities and your own neighborhoods,” Trump said, warning that “If Democrats were ever to seize power, they would open the floodgates to unvetted, uncontrolled migration.”

“We are keeping terrorists, criminals, and extremists the hell out of our country,” he added.

The President also attacked Omar, a Somali immigrant who represents the district where the rally took place, as a “disgrace” and predicted she would propel him to victory in 2020.

Trump came close to winning Minnesota in 2016, losing to Hillary Clinton by about 44,000 votes.

The President used some of his time onstage to rail against Democrats and reassert his support for law enforcement. He also responded to the latest news in the impeachment inquiry, taking aim at the Bidens and insisting that he has done nothing wrong.

Trump also made several false claims on a variety of topics from Syria to health care during his 101-minute rally.

“From Day 1, the wretched Washington swamp has been trying to nullify the results of a truly great and democratic election. They’re trying, they’re not getting very far. They want to erase your vote like it never existed. They want to erase your voice and they want to erase your future, but they will fail, because in America the people rule again,” Trump told the crowd in his first campaign rally since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry.

“This is nothing but a partisan witch hunt, sabotage,” he added.

Democrats, he said, “know they can’t win the 2020 election so they’re pursuing the insane impeachment witch hunt. I’ve been going through it now for more times than I’ve been in office.”

Trump’s attack on Biden and his son got personal at times.

“And your father was never considered smart, he was never considered a good senator, he was only a good vice president because he understood how to kiss Barack Obama’s a**,” Trump said.

Trump told reporters ahead of his departure to Minneapolis that he believes he can win Minnesota in the upcoming election.

“I think we can win. It’s been a long time since a Republican won. We have a 20,000-seat auditorium, you know, it’s essentially Madison Square Garden … over 80,000 people requested tickets,” Trump said.

Trump and his campaign have preempted the visit with battles with local government officials and the city’s police department.

Earlier this week, the Trump reelection campaign threatened to sue the Target Center in Minneapolis, where the rally is being held, over the arena’s half-million-dollar plus bill, passed to them by the city. The venue threatened to withhold the use of the space if the campaign did not pay.

The Target Center eventually withdrew the request, which was originally intended to enhance security measures during the President’s rally. The campaign announced Tuesday that Trump’s appearance will go on as planned and the campaign will not be paying the bill.

The President and his campaign appeared to pin the bill dispute on Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, calling the bill an attempt to “extort” the campaign.

“The radical Mayor of Minneapolis, @Jacob_Frey, is abusing his power in an attempt to block the President’s supporters from seeing him speak on Thursday. We refuse to be bullied by a left-winger resister & won’t let him stifle the speech of @realDonaldTrump or his supporters!” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted.

In another tweet, Parscale called Frey “a radical left-wing nutjob that is limiting free speech.”

Frey has pressed the campaign to pay for the extra security, tweeting, “Someone tell the President of the United States that he can afford to help pay for the extra time our officers will be putting in while he’s in town.” He has also said that Trump is not welcomed in the city.

“While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis,” Frey said in a statement late last month.

CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez contributed to this report.