Hillary Clinton has decided to speak out on the language being used by Donald Trump on the campaign trail.
“The ugly, divisive rhetoric we are hearing from Donald Trump and the encouragement of violence and aggression is wrong, and it’s dangerous. If you play with matches, you’re going to start a fire you can’t control. That’s not leadership. That’s political arson. The test of leadership and citizenship is the opposite. If you see bigotry, oppose it. If you see violence, condemn it. And if you see a bully, stand up to him.”
— The Hill (@thehill) March 12, 2016
Hillary used her campaign rally on Saturday in St. Louis, Missouri, as her platform to lash out against Donald’s rhetoric. It is well known that Trump speaks within the moment. He does not prepare speeches, and sometimes these spur-of-the-moment speeches lead to quotes that get him in some hot water. In some of his speeches, Trump talks about promoting violence against protesters, going as far as saying he will pay the legal fees to anyone who punches a protester.
On Friday, Trump’s campaign rally in Chicago was canceled due to violence between Trump supporters and Trump protestors. Some are speculating that this violence was a reaction to Trump’s own violence that he speaks about. The scene quickly began to get out of hand and police officers were needed to get control of the crowd. According to Chicago police, five people at the canceled event were arrested. Police refused to comment on what charges these five people were being arrested for.
Clinton, Cruz, and Rubio have all stated on the record that they believe Trump was the catalyst to the violence in Chicago. Many experts claim that Trump has tapped into an anger within many people and that that anger is being fueled by Trump’s words.
The violence against Trump did not stop after Chicago last night. Today, in Ohio, a protester at a Trump event decided to jump the railing that the crowd must stay behind. It appeared as if the protester was going to try and get on stage and attack Trump, but the Secret Service rapidly got to the protester and had Trump surrounded for safety. In the video below, you will see the man jump the railing on the left side of the video at approximately the 10-second mark.
Hillary Clinton has changed her tactics of attacking Bernie Sanders and has focused her attention squarely on Donald Trump. Clinton feels that the Democrat nomination is essentially a done deal and she is focusing on the Republican frontrunner. After Clinton accused Trump of committing “political arson,” she went on to speak out further on Trump’s tactics and speeches.
“You don’t get the chance to make America great by getting rid of everything that made America great. No, our values, our diversity, our openness, these are strengths, not weaknesses. I want us to roll up our sleeves and get to work and to stand against this tide of bullying and bigotry and blustering that is going on in our political system. The best way to do that is to turn everybody we can out to vote on Tuesday. Send a clear message.”
Violence has no place in our politics. We should use our words and deeds to bring Americans together. pic.twitter.com/FofjognpIA
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 12, 2016
Is Hillary Clinton’s assessment of Donald Trump’s speeches right? Has Trump become the cause of the violence being seen at his campaign stops? How do you think Trump should proceed in order to make sure that nothing like Chicago will happen somewhere else?
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