The fascist fucking fuckhole, Donald Trump, is now demanding police arrest protesters who disrupt his rallies. The comments come after a violent scene in Chicago on Friday, during which protesters and Trump supporters clashed. The event was cancelled as a result of the tensions.
Now, this isn’t a free speech issue, per se. Trump’s rallies are private events and his campaign reserves the right to eject anyone who disrupts them. At the same time, Trump has brought a lot of this on himself. Sure, there are always going to be protesters at political events. But Trump is running a campaign that purposefully appeals to white nationalists, racists, and bigots. He hasn’t offered any real policy proposals at his rallies, choosing instead to ramble incoherently and talk shit about his Republican rivals.
So, when one says stupid shit that appeals to the worst in people, they should expect some measure of pushback, be it occasional dissenters at rallies or a large-scale organized protest. Trump either doesn’t understand this, doesn’t care, or wants his payback.
Certainly, a campaign has the right to remove anyone who is causing disruption from a rally. That isn’t, or shouldn’t be, the issue. The real problems in all of this are, first, that Trump is playing with fire by using incendiary rhetoric and encouraging his supporters to be violent. Shortly after Tuesday’s primaries, called “Super Duper Tuesday” (ugh), the leading clown in this clown show of a primary said there would be riots in the streets if he didn’t win the Republican nod. Tell me THAT’s not encouraging violence or at the very least isn’t inflammatory as hell!
Second, switching gears back to his comments about the protesters, the suggestion that people who do disrupt his rallies should be charged with crimes and see their lives ruined is a little troubling. Look, I’m not an SJW, but I do realize that a criminal record can be life-destroying.
Many people who do have criminal records are non-violent and, once they’re out of jail or prison, they struggle to put their lives back on the right path because of their past, which creates a cycle of crime in our communities because they can’t find jobs or get an education. Threatening prosecutions and criminal records aren’t the type of thing that should be used as a rhetorical device. Of course, those who do protest with violence should be dealt with, but that’s a two-way street that should also apply to the fuckhole’s brownshirt supporters who hit or threaten to kill protestors.
Right now, it’s hard not to look at the Republican Party and be ashamed of what it’s become. Trump may not be the nominee just yet, but it’s beginning to look more likely by the day. He’s playing off the worst in people, and it’s working – for now, at least. If only party bosses had actually given an actual fuck, listened and talked to their base more often, we wouldn’t be on the verge of nominating this walking and talking authoritarian shit show.