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Trump rally in Council Bluffs

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?


And dive in @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter and at The Facebook!


  1. Less than perfect? Puhleeese.

    “”There may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience,” Trump warned people at a rally in Iowa last month. “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.”

    “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell ya,” he said of a protester on Feb. 22.

    “Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
    — Trump, November 2015.

    Then there was the manhandling of a female reporter — for Trumpkin mouthpiece Breitbart, no less — by his campaign manager.

    I’m not condoning the hecklers’ veto. If they disrupt a rally, they should be escorted out and if defensible, arrested. But Trump has overtly egged his supporters on to attack protestors.

    • Ike says:

      The female reporter who was “manhandled” lied about this incident (it’s on video, folks) and resigned yesterday from Breitbart…same for the liar who backed her story.

      • The Eye Ball says:

        She didn’t lie and has filed charges and there is video evidence. Several reporters and writers have quit Breitbart because of its Trump bias.

  2. Bluejay says:

    These disruptions only help Trump. Average people are sick of these liberals and their nutty ideas.

    Check out the Twitter feed of the loon that rushed Trump in Dayton. Incoherent.

    • Well, in November Trump fans in Harlan Co., KY, and elsewhere, who think Dueling Banjos is romantic music, are going to find out there aren’t a heckuva lot of other American who agree with them.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bluejays, Not so much liberals but the young on one side and those who never have grown up on the other. My cardiologist forbad fist fights at 72.

  3. Sparkles says:

    I found this a most interesting line from Sweep’s take:
    “..hoping to get arrested by the big pad police, not just to sit there and wallow in their own hemp shirts.

    So as Trump parades around Ohio, spewing his special brand of vitriol, while images of violent protests in Chicago still grace our TeeVee screens, let’s take a moment to remember just how much we despise those DFH’s.

    Why can’t I get that Neil Young song out of my head!

  4. Sparkles says:

    Friday, in his speech in St. Louis, Trump bemoaned:
    “Part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long [to kick them out] is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore,.. ..There used to be consequences” for protesting.

    Maybe the Donald can remind his attendees of these “consequences” by hanging iconic photo’s behind him at his future rallies.
    Photos like the ones taken in Selma, Alabama, in May 3 of 1963, when police and firefighters turned hoses into weapons used to attack peaceful protesters.
    Or maybe images from March 7, 1965 when County Sheriff Jim Clark issued an order for all white males in Dallas County over the age of twenty-one to report to the courthouse that morning to be deputized. Deputized so they could legally perpetrate violence on black men with their shiny new nightsticks.
    These images are certain to bring uncontrollable glee to Trump’s adoring throngs of White Separatists.

    Maybe other Trumpkins would prefer slightly older images, of mostly white on white “quelling” of protests.
    Images of anti-union thugs meting out a good beat down on a disheveled factory worker.

    Cause, by God, says the Donald. in the good ol’ days, “There used to be consequences”!

  5. Sparkles says:

    Jennifer Rubin, right wing voice at the WaPo declares it’s time to rend asunder the GOP and start anew –
    “starting a different center-right party, leaving the GOP to the bigots, the con men and the fans of dictators.”

    Ross Douthat, right wing voice at the NYT calls for some convention anarchy –
    “..in the Republican Party’s present state of bankruptcy..”, the time has come for those on the right to either betray the Trumpkins, or betray your nation.

    The party (Republican) is officially over. Even the staunchest of the long time apologists have had enough. The few supporters remaining are the grifters and the shills. Shills like Ann Coulter, who yesterday tweeted out that she’d like to see “a little more violence” from Trump supporters. She, like the Donald, longs for the days of old.

  6. Idi Amin Dada-Sparkles says:

    “Right Wing” voices at WaPo and NYT are in fact not right wing. They are moderates at best. I also heard that the conservative “voices” at TPM, Think Progress, and the Daily Kos are also upset.

    Oh Sparkles.

    • Yeah, Kevin Williamson, Rich Lowry, Joshua Goldberg and Charles Cooke of NR are such ‘moderates’. Nope; they’re actually pretty conservative. I know anyone who has an IQ over room temperature makes your brainstem get all enraged, but you need to appreciate that being conservative and being able to construct a grammatical sentence are quite compatible.

  7. The Eye Ball says:

    Trump is his own biggest problem. This is hard to notice if you go by TV debates and interviews. However, when Trump canceled going to CPAC he sent a clear message that he would run from places that did not like him. This only embolden the opposition to him. At the same time, he has basically incited violence by making violent statements such as wanting to punch someone in the mouth and claiming he will pay legal fees for punching protesters out. Unfortunately, Streetsweeper is not following the undertow of the Trump campaign. Trump campaign manager has been accused of assault. There are resignations of conservatives such as Ben Shapiro from Breitbart.com for failing to stand up to Trump bullies.

  8. anon says:

    Really impressed by the republicans instant rejection of the President’s constitutional right to pick a SC successor. Really got to hand it to them, are not most of these guys lawyers?They should have kept their mouths shut and let what they do best, go through the process. After all look how good they did with Roberts. No wonder Trump is doing well

  9. Anonymous says:

    Trump is speaking to Trump supporters in a room that Trump paid for. If that’s okay with you, then you don’t mind me taking a crap on your kitchen table, right?

    The “protesters” begging for an ass whipping are not Romney Rummies or Rubio rubbers or Cruz Cruisers or Kasich itchers. They are in fact Sanders Democrats barging into a GOP rally. Why? I dunno. Why did the same Democrat assholes destroy Chicago during a Democratic Party national convention?

    Liberal Democrats are violent anti free speech assholes. They never were otherwise.

    But here’s the really funny part. Cruz, Rubio and Kasich are all praying that Democrats invade their rallies. Like Carson being ignored at the debate, “Will someone please attack me?”


    • Here’s a clue, troglodyte. If someone is trespassing or disrupting an activity you’re conducting, and there is no threat to others, you call the police or security and have them escorted out. You don’t attack them. It may be against your “Ugg club black man” instincts, but it’s been the law and practice in civilized societies for centuries.

  10. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s office is reportedly looking at indicting Donald (the Thug) Trump for inciting a riot after the punching of a black protestor in Fayetteville, NC, last week.

    This would certainly be a first for a presidential campaign.

  11. The Grundle King says:

    Here’s an interesting bit of information…

    A survey from ‘WalletHub’ (assign as much validity as you will) found that Donald Trump supporters reported having the lowest percentage of high credit scores of all the Republican candidates, and also the highest percentage of bad credit scores of all the Republican candidates.

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