In Chicago, America begins to reap what Donald Trump has sown

AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Friday night in Chicago we saw where Donald Trump’s campaign of ugliness and violence incitement was bound to lead: an ugly, violent scene.

One person gets the largest share of the blame for clashes between people attending the Trump rally and those protesting it. That person is Donald Trump. He is, after all, the person who inspires an atmosphere of menace and intimidation at his rallies — as I observed at his event last month in Atlanta — that has only increased over time:

  • A few weeks before the Atlanta rally, at an event on the day of the Iowa caucuses, Trump said he’d been told “there may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience” and continued: “So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of ’em, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise.”
  • The day after the Atlanta rally, Trump said this after a protester was removed from an event in Las Vegas: “I loved the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks. … The guards are very gentle with him. He’s walking out, like, big high-fives, smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch him in the face, I tell ya.”
  • About a week after that Atlanta rally, Trump’s security staff ordered the removal of some 30 black students from an event at Valdosta State University even though they had not caused any disruption.
  • That same day, a Secret Service agent at a Trump rally in Virginia grabbed a photographer by the neck and slammed him to the ground. The reason? The photographer had dared to step outside a roped-off area for the press. (NB: I had no trouble leaving the press area at the Atlanta event, so I don’t know if I just got lucky or if Trump changed his policy.)
  • On Tuesday night, after Trump’s victory speech in Jupiter, Fla., reporter Michelle Fields alleged Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, grabbed her forcefully by the arm and pulled her nearly to the ground. The Trump campaign has denied the incident, despite a witness (a Washington Post reporter), photographs of bruising on Fields’ arm, and video evidence that Lewandowski at the very least reached for her arm. Fields has filed a complaint with police, who are investigating.
  • On Wednesday night, a Trump supporter was charged with assault after punching a protester being escorted from a campaign event in North Carolina. Trump called the attack “a beautiful thing.” No word on whether he’s paying the man’s legal bills.

And now we have Chicago, where chaos ensued after a large Trump rally was postponed due to fears of violence between Trump supporters and a large number of protesters, many of whom reportedly expressed support for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

This is not what goes on at other candidates’ events. They happen at Trump events, and they happen because he goads the crowd, revels in talking tough and generally promotes a sense of grievance, aggression and confrontation. There is absolutely no reason to think this will change if he’s the nominee, or if (heaven forbid) he’s elected president. None. This is how he has built his campaign. One wonders if he could stop it now even if he wanted to stop it.

Now, it is also obviously true that the individuals involved in these incidents also bear responsibility. One should be able to hear someone talk about punching people without going ahead and punching people. But again, other candidates don’t talk the way Trump talks and their crowds don’t act the way Trump’s crowds act. He is setting the tone for his events. He is the common link among these various incidents. The buck stops with him, no matter how many times he refuses to take responsibility.

Let’s also note that Friday’s anti-Trump protesters did not appear from a vacuum, either. We have seen countless examples of college students trying to shut down speeches by people, usually conservatives, with whom they disagree. These students aren’t forced to attend these speeches; they seek to silence the speakers for all. Even President Obama has criticized liberal students for this practice, and liberal professors have expressed grave concern over what they hear from their students (most famously in this piece). By most accounts, many of the anti-Trump protesters in Chicago were college-aged. Their actions were part of a worrying trend as well. Protest is itself a form of free speech, but a heckler’s veto is not.

So we have two dangerous trends moving ever closer to each other, with no sign of letting up. Consider this statement by MoveOn.org reacting to Friday night’s events:

“Mr. Trump and the Republican leaders who support him and his hate-filled rhetoric should be on notice after tonight’s events. These protests are a direct result of the violence that has occurred at Trump rallies and that has been encouraged by Trump himself from the stage. Our country is better than the shameful, dangerous, and bigoted rhetoric that has been the hallmark of the Trump campaign. To all of those who took to the streets of Chicago, we say thank you for standing up and saying enough is enough. To Donald Trump, and the GOP, we say, welcome to the general election. Trump and those who peddle hate and incite violence have no place in our politics and most certainly do not belong in the White House.” (emphasis added)

In other words, there’s more where this came from. There is a serious sickness in this country right now.

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HotDawg
HotDawg

Sure. Blame Trump for other people's criminal actions.

Protesters are just innocents. They're not criminally trespassing stages, agitating with their speech and actions, destroying property, or starting fights. Nah, not the protesters. They're all peaceful. And liberal, moveon.org has nothing to do with paying professional protesters to disrupt, at all costs, Trump rallies.

It's all Trump's fault, right?

You're insane.

JImmy4God
JImmy4God

Any beat up black lives matter activist is a great thing!!!!

prarrd
prarrd

We need Trump to send all the black people back to Africa as illegal aliens. Crime in America will drop 90%.

tinala
tinala

@prarrd They need to send you back to where you came from and it wasn't America; because, the Native American's were here first and you all took their land. Better yet go back to your trailer park and watch the Republikkklans silently take the election from Donald Egomanic Trump Presidential bid away. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Maybe the racist Tinala will go back to the wonderful jungles first, since America is sooooo bad.

lvg
lvg

Breakup of GOP hate machine erupts over at Breitbart.com :


"A reporter and editor for the conservative news website Breitbart resigned their positions late Sunday over the site's response to an alleged assault on the reporter by Donald Trump's campaign manager.

Reporter Michelle Fields and editor Ben Shapiro confirmed their resignations in statements to Buzzfeed News and on social media.

Their departures from the site stem from the alleged actions of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at a rally Wednesday night. Fields claimed that she was grabbed by the arm and pulled down. Washington Post reporter Ben Terris identified Lewandowski as the assailant. Fields did not see who grabbed her arm herself.

Lewandowski denied the incident took place, and called Fields "totally delusional" in a tweet. For her part, Fields accused the Trump campaign of character assassination.""


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/14/breitbart-reporter-editor-resign-over-response-to-alleged-assault-by-trump-campaign-manager.html


Guess Kyle and Fox News getting a little edgy that the hate the Kenyan liberal President campaign has result in a fascist taking over the GOP

Likewise
Likewise

...what the GOP has sown.

TicTacs
TicTacs

The title should state "Republicans reap", not "Americans reap".  This is your cult responsible for this crap.

lvg
lvg

Thuggery in Chicago at a political event is as unusual as pollen in the spring in Atlanta.Question is why are young blacks so angry and gun happy in Chicago. 50% unemployment rate might be a factor. but Donald will cure all that-he never hires foreign workers I hear.

tinala
tinala

@lvg You apparently don't read or you have been told that Donald Trump does hire foreign workers. That isn't true they have built many of his building and then he blames the project manager of the manager of the site for hiring them. Please Donald Trump is an IDIOT and will not be elected as the President of the United States; because, the Republikkklan party want allow him to become the President. He would be an  embarrassment  to this country with all of his rudeness and bragging about how much money he has and no other country would want to have anything to do with America.

lvg
lvg

@tinala @lvg You have too much faith in the GOP- are you also an admirer of Rinse Peanuts?

tinala
tinala

@lvg @tinala No, my vote will go to Hillary Rodham Clinton and she will become Madam President of the United States of America. Donald Trump is playing into the hands of all the racist in this country. Because, as my grandmother would say, what's in you will always come out. They suppressed their racism until President Obama was elected and all the hatred reared it's ugly head. They hated that a Black was elected President and then when he was elected twice, they couldn't contain themselves. As the young people would say it was on and poppin. They felt he has done nothing for this country; however, he saved the auto industry, housing market is on it's way back, gas prices are the lowest since 2008, he brought us out of a recession that W left this country in and for people who have chronic illnesses, who's insurance carriers decided to drop them. President  Obama managed to do what many President's wanted to do during their term(s) and that was have Affordable Health Care for all Citizens. Yes it has had some hiccups. I heard on yesterday that the stock market has had more gains to it, than any other President and unemployment is at it's lowest. No, I want be voting for an established Republikkklan.

 

forexbomb
forexbomb

This is not what goes on at other candidates’ events. They happen at Trump events, and they happen because he goads the crowd, revels in talking tough and generally promotes a sense of grievance, aggression and confrontation. There is absolutely no reason to think this will change if he’s the nominee, or if (heaven forbid) he’s elected president. None. This is how he has built his campaign. One wonders if he could stop it now even if he wanted to stop it.


Well, that statement alone proves the point.  You're a complete idiot!  A conservative idiot, although I would venture to say that you are leaning more left than right.  

TinaTrent
TinaTrent

@forexbomb what garbage -- radical leftists thugs have existed since the 60's -- and they are trained to incite riots.  

TinaTrent
TinaTrent

Wingfield's dishonesty shames the AJC.

Trump supporters and police were assaulted by a violent mob in Chicago. Cops were hit in the face by thugs paid for by organizations with ties to the Democratic candidates. Cops were brutalized and at least two required stitches; peaceful Trump supporters were attacked on the streets and their cars were vandalized; windows broken in cars with Trump stickers parked in nearby parking decks.

And Wingfield blames the victims of mob violence, not the mob.

No protester has the right to remain at a private event they have invaded with the intention to protest -- even if they are black and college students. And these were protesters, right Kyle? Tell the truth. No protester has the right to trespass at, let alone disrupt, a private campaign event. And regarding your whine that the media is somehow in danger, which is risible -- the media in Atlanta knocked people out of the way Norcross in their hysterical excitement to reach two little scumbags who tore off their shirts and shrieked about racism at a peaceful Trump event there -- the media couldn't contain their excitement; they push and shove more than any participant: they richly merit the scorn heaped on them.

I once attended a rally in Woodruff Park in Atlanta -- Tipper Gore was up on a stage there, and the Nation of Islam thugs were "monitoring" the crowd. They swarmed an old woman and threatened to cut her -- I don't know what her offense was -- I think she tried to get closer to the stage to see Gore and bumped one of them. People were afraid -- nobody other than me tried to intervene, and the thugs then surrounded me and threatened me. It was a tense scene -- a bunch of adolescent thugs threatening to "cut" an old woman. Typical violent, racist, Atlanta leftist demogogue garbage, circa 1992.

Kyle, that's leftist thuggery for you, and these thugs attacking innocent and peaceful Trump supporters are organized, coordinated leftist thugs too. And you: you're just a sad, shameful liar.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@TinaTrent Interesting.  I can't find any reference on google to the event with Tipper Gore referenced above.  I'm calling BS.

So, if you have to lie to make your point, your point obviously could not stand on its own.  It's quite illuminating...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@TinaTrent

Trump supporters and police were assaulted by a violent mob in Chicago

yeah, five (5) whole arrests out of the thousands of participants. 

It was, like, epic ultra-violence that these poor, innocent Trumpettes had to endure.

TinaTrent
TinaTrent

Well, first I use my real name. Then I write coherently. You should try it.

TinaTrent
TinaTrent

@LordHelpUs @TinaTrent It was a smallish campaign rally.  Of course there was no coverage of the violent incident because neither I nor the elderly woman reported it to the police.  The Secret Service looked down from the stage but didn't intervene.  Now if you'd like to contact me at my website, I'll go back into the campaign schedule of the Clinton/Gore campaign to find the exact date of the Woodruff Park event.  But I'm not going to waste my time arguing here with a quisling who won't even publish their real name -- I don't debate anonymous people.


If you wish to research the violence perpetrated by the Nation of Islam and Black Panther thugs in Atlanta, here are some key search words to start with: H. Rap Brown murders, Assata Shakur, Officer James R. Green killing (which Kasim Reed, to his eternal shame, did not bring up when he went down to party with the people sheltering that Atlanta cop's killing in Cuba).


Coward.         

TinaTrent
TinaTrent

@Visual_Cortex @TinaTrent Ah, another anonymous quisling.


The police are ordered to not arrest these thugs, for fear of political repercussions.  If you or I behaved like them, we'd be in prison -- they don't even get a night in jail.  David Horowitz has some pithy things to say about that here -- perhaps Kyle can pull himself up from that puddle on the floor long enough to act like an editor and put this column in for an op-ed:  Arrest the Thugs | Frontpage Mag  I'm sure it would do wonders for circulation.


If people wish to view the extent of the violence and the threats, here are some links, from cops on the scene.  You know, the truth, unmitigated by "reporters": Second City Cop: Protest VideoSecond City Cop: So Much for "Free Speech"

EliasDenny
EliasDenny

Of course none of this is the responsibility of the right wing media that has been spewing the hate message that Newt started years ago.

evelynpanter
evelynpanter

Unfortunately, it's only going to get worse!

Bob Yall
Bob Yall

Here is the solution... one the LEFT repeatedly ignores... PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY... it is not "ALSO"... it entirely the responsibility of the individual protestor who acts out like this  "Now, it is also obviously true that the individuals involved in these incidents also bear responsibility."


GaLatino
GaLatino

You DO realize Kyle is anything but from the left, right?

Bob Yall
Bob Yall

Trump or the Nazis or the KKK or Hillary or the local mayor of Doraville... ALL have a right to rally peacefully and uninterrupted especially if they pay for a facility and it is a private event... anybody is welcome to protest outside all they want PEACEFULLY... but if Kyle Wingfield IF you call yourself an American... You would FIRST defend his right to rally.

What happened at the Chicago rally is no different than a group breaking up your wedding/party at a private facility that you paid for... events different but Trump, like any American from any political persuasion, should have the right to rally peacefully at a private event... and not be harassed. 


mitkit45
mitkit45

@Bob Yall Umm, I think his last 3 paragraphs say that very thing that he has a right to have campaign rallies. Trump still needs to seriously tone it down though.

someonesdad
someonesdad

Oh, stop it Kyle.  The violent protests and activities are are solely the responsibility of the protesters.  The ironic thing is I hated Trump initially, but these loony left hateful, miserable, violent people are pushing people like to me to Trump's camp in droves.  We're tired of the insolent, young, clueless, racist, American hating far left shutting down speech by anyone who disagrees with them.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@someonesdad

these loony left hateful, miserable, violent people are pushing people like to me to Trump's camp in droves.  

yeah, we'll see about that.

bu22
bu22

@someonesdad Wingfield is pushing the anti-Trump groups line instead of pointing the finger at the hatred coming from Sanders and Clinton and the left.  Who is asking Sanders to disavow the action of his loonies?  I'm becoming more likely to vote for Trump as Hillary/Bernie and company are demonstrating that they have total disregard for the liberties and right to speak of those who don't agree with them.  Disrupting a presidential campaign of an opponent is beyond the pale.  Its a threat to Democracy.  Hillary/Bernie are dangerous.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

By the way--you guys have fun trying to peddle this "Obama made race relations worse" to the general public this year.

They're only getting a little taste, with the Trump news, of just how messed up your side's become. That talking point's a doozy! 

TBS
TBS

Roll off the couch?

Your display of intent bravado is great comedy

You are riot

Thanks for the laughs

Ychromosome
Ychromosome

The ability of many of my fellow whites to feel picked on never ceases to amaze me. Wingfield's ability to ignore the fact that Trump is merely saying what all the other GOP candidates have been implying ever since they adopted their racist Southern strategy is not a surprise. 

SouthernHope5
SouthernHope5

Obama's not perfect, and the United States is very far from perfect, but let's consider how things compare now to how they were eight years ago:

·The economy is growing faster.

·Unemployment is down.

·Crime is down.

·The federal deficit is down.

·More people have health insurance.

·Fewer American soldiers are dying overseas.

·Osama bin Laden is dead.

·The president generally answers questions about his policies in an honest and intelligent way.

I honestly don't think the problem is the President -- and I believe I would say that no matter who won 8 years ago.  I believe its the rise of social media (that exaggerates extreme views) and the collapse of traditional media.....along with 

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Economic growth is sub-par for a recovery.

The 2007 deficit was $160 billion. Last year was $460 billion.

Unemployment didn't fall to pre-recession levels until seven years into Obama's weak recovery. Guess what else is down--employment.

What "more people have" isn't insurance, it's handouts.

Poverty is up.

Income inequality is up.

Median incomes, particularly for women, are down.

Not impressed.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SouthernHope5 The problem is, the supporters of the Republicans are not interested in the truth.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Lil_Barry_Bailout

And this nonsense about how "wahh, the recovery is TOO SLOW" seems to forget that this recovery is out of the worst recession we've had since the flipping 1930s.