Nothing like a riot starting, then blaming the people they’re rioting against for the riot.
OK, maybe there wasn’t a riot in Chicago on Friday night. But I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that Donald Trump is to blame a crowd who who showed up trying to stop him from droning on to his supporters about polls and China and steaks.
I went to the Trump rally in Council Bluffs and to a recent Marco Rubio rally in the Kansas City suburbs. There were roughly the same number of people at each (at very different times in the campaigns) but pretty much the same people at each.
There were no protestors at either.
And no one got hurt.
Now, I get that Trump has been less than perfect about how to treat protestors. But I also get where you are there because you like the guy speaking. And you got there an hour, maybe two hours ahead of time to make sure you got in. You wore your favorite red, white and blue shirt and you’re gung-ho for the candidate.
Then right in the middle of it, someone jumps up in front of you and starts yelling, trying to disrupt your candidate from talking. And they’re screaming, and jumping up in front of you.
Now, I know that you and I are perfect. And we would respect that yahoo’s right to free speech and their right to stand in front of you and scream and disrupt something that you were feeling pretty good about. You and I would never push that person, or curse at that person.
And when the same thing happened over and over again, every candidate would be super polite about letting them have their say, then gently lead from the rally.
You and I would never get pushy or even agitated.
But I’d suggest that once this happens over and over again, it isn’t terribly surprising that the loudmouths eventually get what they are hoping for. The protestors are there to stir things up. And they would love for someone push them. Protestors lock themselves to the White House fence hoping to get arrested by the big pad police, not just to sit there and wallow in their own hemp shirts.
So yes, you can blame Trump for not being more civil. But let us also all be cognizant of the fact that ALL of Trump’s political opponents and critics in the press are piling on right now because they want to see him LOSE tomorrow, so that he’ll lose at the convention.
It’s that simple.
I too hope that none of the violence occurs at a Trump rally. Or a Rubio rally. Or a Cruz rally. Or a Hillary rally. And I would suggest that the best way to prevent that is protestors NOT showing up to yell so that any of those candidates don’t drone on more about their banal talking points.
What should happen is they should be forced to listen about how great Trump is doing in the polls, how he can make great deals and how China is killing us — said over and over and over again. For an hour and a half.
That was my experience at a Trump rally.
Hopefully that is all that happens in the future.
What say you?
So dive in peeps and address this question:
How do these protests affect voters in Florida, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri?
Does it make them think Trump is too much of a wild card?
Or does it confirm their convictions?
And does it mean the campaigns come to Nebraska?