Donald Trump has been the center of every news outlet in the United States ever since he declared he was running for president. Trump has once again made a major headline, but this time it’s for a more serious reason. His rallies are becoming a battleground for American voters.
Trump’s latest rally was set to be in the University of Illinois at Chicago, but due to security concerns it was canceled this past Friday. Jeremy Diamond and Theodore Schleifer of CNN reported that hundreds of protesters poured into the site of the rally before Trump was in attendance.
The Trump campaign felt that it wasn’t safe for a rally to be held. That ended up being a very smart call. Supporters and protestors clashed when word spread that the rally had been canceled over the security concerns. The campaign released a statement on the matter.
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.
Diamond and Schleifer reported cries came out from both sides. Protestors shouted “We stumped Trump” while supporters answered back with “We want Trump.” This led to multiple arrests and many other questionable occurrences.
The Chicago Tribune posted a photo of a woman dressed in Trump campaign gear giving the Nazi salute to a protestor. The Trump phenomenon is clearly becoming a very touchy subject among all races.
In the midst of all this chaos, Trump is pulling together a major smokescreen to distract people from some of these rising issues. He is claiming that his supporters’ freedom of speech was infringed upon by the protestors because they disrupted his rally. He continues to Tweet outrageous reasons why these events are occurring.
The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our First Amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016
Trump proceeded to claim that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton stirred up the protests in Chicago. This was a very bold claim because almost everyone has taken offense to Trump’s policies, rhetoric, and attitude.
This is going to become a major issue as the road to deciding the Republican nominee winds down. Trump is clearly the frontrunner at the moment. If he wins the next couple of major states, he will have virtually locked up the nomination. Decisive wins in states like Florida and Ohio would ensure Trump becoming the nominee.
The protests are only going to become more violent. Citizens are going to take more drastic measures to try to knock Trump off his pedestal literally and figuratively. The day after his protest was cancelled Trump held a rally in Ohio. A man jumped a barrier and tried to attack Trump. The Secret Service subdued the man before he managed to carry out his task. A YouTube user dubbed RallySpeech posted a video of the occurrence.
Trump is clearly not taking this as a warning of what is to come. If anything, he is antagonizing his enemies even more. At this point, Trump has become the number one public enemy in the United States. He is so convinced that Sanders is sending protestors to his events that he threatened to send some of his supporters to one of Sanders’ rallies.
Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren't told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2016
The reasoning behind his strong accusations is to draw the media attention away from what is really happening: that the racial divide in the United States is more real than anyone could have ever imagined. An American politician hasn’t been this controversial since former Alabama Governor George Wallace.
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