Violence against reporter and protesters at Trump events


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Link here. The article is focused on a protester getting punched at a rally yesterday but it also includes details of other similar events, as well as the story of Trump’s campaign manager physically manhandling a reporter for asking a question.

I realize that people are angry, both the Trump supporters and the protesters at his rallies. Nonetheless, the worst thing we can do is become violent over these disagreements, as that violence will do nothing to solve our problems. Instead, it will likely make them worse.

One more point however: So far it appears that this violence has only occurred at Trump events. Worse, Trump himself has sometimes encouraged his supporters to treat protesters roughly. From my perspective, it is exactly this behavior by him that will work against Trump in the general election. Americans will not take kindly to it, and he will be damaged by it.

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  • mpthompson

    Robert, attempting to prognosticate what will work for and against Trump has proved to be very difficult in this crazy election cycle. If these types of incidents continue it really all comes down to who is successful in “spinning” the incident in their favor.

    In my opinion, in incidents like this no one’s hands are clean. The BLM protesters got exactly what they wanted from the rally and the Trump supporters were dumb enough to give it to them by being provoked. Trump would do a world of good to warn his followers at the beginning of rally’s to avoid falling for such provocation — assuming that Trump doesn’t see it something he can work to his advantage. Giving into the provocation will only amp up future provocations if the BLM protesters are “rewarded” for their efforts. If the protesters become too disruptive things could work in favor for Trump.

  • BSJ

    If Trump could get away with, it he’d happily create his own Blackshirt Corps.

    Sadly, I don’t think he’d have any trouble filling the ranks.

  • Wayno

    mpthompson

    –excellent caveat’s.
    Trump has however, allowed his people to attack Reporter’s.
    The lady Reporter from Brietbart is the most recent example.
    (her B-F works for Politico (?) & the Trump people allegedly discovered that she MIGHT ask Trump a hard question, so they allegedly yanked her away.)

    –Disturbing. Where-as the Media was gung-ho for Obama, they are now shifting to Gung-Ho-ism for Trump.
    Drudge & Brietbart are disappointing me, big-time. Increasing Alex Jones links for Drudge, & Brietbart going for Trump

    Ben Shapiro (at Brietbart) is calling his bosse’s out on it….so he might be working for TheBlaze sometime soon. We shall see

  • Wayno

    BSJ

    Exactly. A pattern is emerging on how he does all those wonderful “deals,” the NY-way. “An offer you can’t refuse.”
    Al Capone would be proud.

  • wodun

    Democrats are like the guy who goes into a bar, walks up to the biggest guy there, spits on his girlfriend, then gets upset when they are shown roughly to the door.

    People shouldn’t use violence but it also needs to be said that Democrats are trying to provoke it, just like they do at every single protest. Your average citizen isn’t going to have the restraint the police do when someone is in their face double fist pumping middle fingers and yelling obscenities.

  • Jamie Menzing

    It only happens at Trump events because conservatives don’t wreak havoc at liberal events. Robert, go to a Hillary event and cause a disturbance. I would bring a body guard.

  • Edward

    Robert wrote: “So far it appears that this violence has only occurred at Trump events. Worse, Trump himself has sometimes encouraged his supporters to treat protesters roughly.”

    This is the difference between Trump rallies and the Tea Party protests. Both are angry, but there was no violence at Tea Party protests. Even when people infiltrated the Tea Party protests to make it look like these protests were racist, fascist, or otherwise undesirable events, they remained peaceful, and the Tea Partiers dealt with the infiltrations without violence or other actions that would have proved the infiltrators’ point.

    Violence and intimidation were tactics used by European fascists to gain power, eight or nine decades ago. These similar actions merely add to the impression that Trump and his supporters are just like those fascists. Keep in mind that fascism is a left-wing philosophy, not a right wing one — the confusion comes from Europe, as the fascists seemed right wing when compared to the even-farther left philosophies being practiced there.

    At the very least, violence and intimidation are hallmarks of leftist protests. How far to the right can Trump be if he encourages his rallies to look like leftist protests?

    As for Miss Fields, she is not a Democrat trying to provoke Trump, she is a conservative.

  • wayne

    Edward stated very eloquently:

    “Even when people infiltrated the Tea Party protests to make it look like these protests were racist, fascist, or otherwise undesirable events, they remained peaceful, and the Tea Partiers dealt with the infiltrations without violence or other actions that would have proved the infiltrators’ point.”

    Thank You– I went to numerous mass T-Party Rally’s & never saw any of our people take the bait or initiate violence against strong incitement, at times.
    Damn– we even cleaned-up the Sites, better than when we arrived! The only thing we left, were footprints. (Hell, in DC. the Park Police Loved us!)

    As for the confrontations in Chicago tonight; I fully support Trumps absolute right to hold his rally’s in peace. (Peaceful assembly is what democracy looks like, not thugs & mobs.)
    No clue why Trump chose to hold his Rally at a University, (ready made rent-a-mob) but he has a right to do foolish things.

  • Edward

    Wayne wrote: “No clue why Trump chose to hold his Rally at a University”

    Gee. Aren’t universities the bastion of free speech? Even UC Berkeley had the famous Free Speech Movement in 1964.

    Oh, wait. That was then; this is now. The fascists have taken over and believe in freedom of speech only for themselves. Everyone else is kindly invited to shut up, even if that means roughing up, suing, or prosecuting those who speak any “unauthorized” thoughts.
    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/what-ever-you-do-dont-shut-up

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