Well I went to bed last night and woke up to hear about the rally in Chicago. It’s all rather shocking but not unexpected in view of the fact that Drumpf has been amping up the violence for quite a while now.
Courtesy of The Guardian:
A Donald Trump rally in Chicago had to be called off on Friday evening amid scenes of violence and chaos unparalleled in the recent history of American political campaigning.
The scrapping of the Republican frontrunner’s appearance due to what his campaign cited as “safety concerns” led to uproar and fights inside the University of Illinois Chicago Pavilion and in the streets outside.
Scuffles broke out between Trump supporters, protesters and police, and a number of arrests were made, including of at least one reporter. As the mayhem took hold, Trump was reduced to complaining about the situation on the air, telling MSNBC: “It’s sad when you can’t have a rally. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?”
Free speech isn’t just for you Donald. If people don’t like what you’re saying, then they have the right to protest. The fact that violence seems to commonplace at the Trump rallies is however very unsettling and worrisome.
After the postponement was announced a Trump campaign statement said: “Mr Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.
“Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.”
Despite Trump’s statement that he had consulted law enforcement, the Chicago police department emphasised it had no involvement in the decision.
There is a growing catalogue of violence at Trump events. In the past week alone an attack on a non-violent protester led to criminal charges against a Trump supporter, and Michelle Fields, a reporter for conservative website Breitbart, was allegedly assaulted by Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager.
Trump’s rhetoric has done little to keep it in check. When the Republican frontrunner appeared in St Louis earlier on Friday, for an event that entailed more than 30 arrests, he complained: “Part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long [to kick protesters out] is nobody wants to hurt each other any more.” Trump added: “There used to be consequences. There are none any more. These people are so bad for our country. You have no idea folks, you have no idea.”
That is exactly the same shite that Palin was spewing back in 2008. It was allowed to go unchecked because that is what most Republicans really felt. Now the GOP has a yuuuuge problem on its hands.
Palin is over on her shouty page, delighted with what she perceives as Trump’s success. She’s welcoming everyone on board the Trump train and bashing those who haven’t. She tore into Ted Cruz with a vengeance and called him a “half-term” senator, which is pretty fecking ironic.
I don’t know how this is all going to end and I don’t have a good feeling about this eruption of violence. It will probably get worse. Trump, and Palin before him, and in fact the entire GOP have created a very scary Frankenstein who seems intent on devouring the Republican party. What happens next is anybody’s guess. Yikes.