Trump is a dick. I think even some of his supporters would agree, which is why they think he can take on Hillary. And I would add that I think he’s a “xenophobic-narcissistic-lie-at-any-cost-opportunist-dick.” But I’m bothered by the protests that have resulted in some incidents of violence and the shut down of the Trump rally in Chicago on Friday, March 11th.
The reason being is that the protesters are coming inside the event and disrupting it versus a protest outside the event or even a counter rally on the same night. Per CNN,”Hundreds of demonstrators packed into an arena, breaking out into protest even before Trump had shown up.” This is what eventually led to law enforcement conferring with the Trump campaign and he agreed to shut it down for the safety of all involved.
When it was announced that the venue would be moved to a later date, the protestors inside were chanting “We shut shit down.” Yes, but did you have a right to? Did your strategy just embolden the Trump base and add new members? The one thing Americans hate is when they feel someone has been censored and therefore the censorship validates the candidate. He must be important if “they” are willing to shut his speech down.
Free speech in America is about allowing for “shit” including Trump. The aim of any protest should be to counter the rhetoric, not censor it or shut it down. So when the question comes up of who is instigating the violence as the media has been showing the now famous sucker punch landing on a black protestor…well? It seems to be the far left goading the right into becoming so frustrated with disruptions and the recent shut down that they start swinging. When you take away their free speech (their candidate’s ability to speak) what do they have left? Violence! And according to CNN, on Friday night the left was swinging back too. Hardly the nonviolent Civil Rights protests that we’ve come to admire from the past.
I can’t condone the self-congragulatory chanting much like I can’t condone Black Lives Matters disrupting rallies by Bernie and Hillary. And I’m not condoning that sucker punch or any violence by Trumpites or Trump’s line about how back in the day you could punch protestors and carrying them out on stretchers. Like I said, Trump is a dick and I think he has attracted this volcanic atmosphere and is loving it, but he has the right to be heard. And if the best idea protestors have is to shut down his rallies causing concerns for safety then that doesn’t sound like free speech to me. It sounds like a losing strategy for elevating Trump to a false martyr status amongst Republicans, Independents and maybe even some moderate Democrats.
BTW: Trump rallies as far as I have read are a mix of first-come-first-in-the-door. Tickets are available but don’t guarantee a seat. And there are rules given to attendees as it is considered a private event by the candidate. Signs, banners, etc are prohibited in advance. If protestors wanted to be clever they could silently come in, take a seat and wear T-shirts with “Elect Bernie.” I’m all for being subversive. Where I take exception is when protestors prevent a candidate from speaking at his own event. The far left is notorious for shutting down speech because I fear they can’t handle the concept.