U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday blamed organized “thugs” for protests that shut down his Chicago rally and said the incident had “energized America.”
Trump, who will be at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday, canceled the Chicago event on Friday after it turned chaotic, with scuffles breaking out between protesters and backers of the real estate magnate.
“The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our First Amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America!” Trump said on Twitter…
His rallies often attract small groups of protesters, but Friday’s was the first at which there may have been as many protesters as supporters…
At the University of Illinois-Chicago stadium rally the two sides shouted at each other until a Trump staffer appeared and said the event would be put off until an unspecified date for security reasons.
Trump pretty much got away with this brilliant piece of theater. Only Rachel Maddow, as nearly as I could see, understood that it was as pre-planned as a pot of beef stew: all the ingredients carefully assembled, heated to a boil, simmered for hours, and then served piping hot to the hungry lamestream media.
Trump plainly had no intention of setting foot in the steaming mess he had cooked up at the University of Chicago. That was never the point. The point was to cast him as the victim of all those “thugs,” although once again most of the actual thugs seemed to be his own besotted zealots.
He was a victim of political correctness just as much as they were — political correctness being understood by all as the Un-American embrace of equality and tolerance. And if a man as rich and well-endowed as Donald Trump can be denied his first amendment rights to hate speech by a mob of violent nigger-, spic- and raghead-lovers, what hope can there be for the republic?