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Gottinger writes: "Donald Trump was forced to call off a rally on the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) campus Friday after thousands of people turned up to protest the event."

A Trump supporter (R) yells at a demonstrator (L) after Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump cancelled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago March 11, 2016. (photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)
A Trump supporter (R) yells at a demonstrator (L) after Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump cancelled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago March 11, 2016. (photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)


Thousands of Protesters Force Donald Trump to Cancel Chicago Campaign Event

By Paul Gottinger, Reader Supported News

12 March 16

 

onald Trump was forced to call off a rally on the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) campus Friday after thousands of people turned up to protest the event.

An estimated 5,000 protesters chanted and held signs criticizing Donald Trump for his racism, particularly against Muslims and Latinos. Many of the protesters were also criticizing Trump for his support from white supremacists and terrorist organizations like the KKK.

The protesters were separated from those attending the Trump event by steel railings, police on horseback, and an all-around heavy police presence.

The UIC community had made it clear they were opposed to Trump appearing on campus. 50,000 people signed a petition stating the rally had “no place” on their campus. The petition said, “Donald Trump is running on a platform of hate and dangerous intolerance.”

On Facebook, over 10,000 people signed up to attend the protest, which was organized by a diverse group of UIC students. UIC is an ethnically diverse college. White students comprise only 36% of the student body. The faculty at UIC had asked the administration to put out a statement calling Trump’s presence on campus “an anathema to the mission of UIC.”

Despite the concerns of students and faculty, UIC administration pressed ahead with the Trump rally.

In addition to the thousands outside, a large number of protesters managed to get into the event. According to CNN, at least five sections of the UIC pavilion were filled with protesters. The Guardian reported that one section of young people and individuals with “Middle Eastern appearance” were cleared out of the rally long before it started.

Reader Supported News spoke with Daney Villa, who was inside the rally. Ms. Villa confirmed that a large contingent of those inside were protesters.

She also said she witnessed “a few people thrown out every few minutes for protesting. Trump’s supporters were ripping signs out of the hands of protesters.”

Eventually, an announcement was made that Trump had “postponed” the rally for the “safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena.”

In reaction, protesters erupted, chanting, “We stopped Trump!” Some scuffles between Trump protesters and supporters broke out after the announcement. Ms. Villa said, “Trump supporters seemed to feel violence was acceptable because of Trumps’ rhetoric.”

The Trump campaign issued a statement saying the decision to cancel the event came after “meeting with law enforcement.” However, the Chicago police department said they had “never recommended that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cancel his campaign rally in the city.”

There were five arrests reported, and one person was rushed to the ER because of wounds he received at the hands of police. RSN witnessed one Trump supporter wander into the protest and nearly get into an altercation with protesters. There were other unconfirmed reports of Trump supporters attacking protesters. One woman told the crowd she had been punched in the arm and had her bullhorn broken by a Trump supporter.

The other GOP candidates criticized Trump for the violence at the rally. Governor John Kasich said, “Tonight the seeds of division that Donald Trump has been sowing this whole campaign finally bore fruit, and it was ugly.”

After Trump canceled the rally, he spoke with MSNBC, asking, “What ever happened to freedom of speech?”

Trump himself has been especially intolerant of free speech at his rallies. Recently a Time magazine photographer was slammed to the ground. On numerous occasions, Trump has implored his followers to engage in violence against protesters at his rallies. Trump now even has security working to collect intelligence on possible protesters.

There were, however, some free speech infringements on the part of authorities. RSN witnessed the possible use of cell phone jamming equipment, which the Chicago police department is known to use at protests.

Phone signals were blocked for a large number of people at the site of the protest, but the signals returned a few blocks from the protest. At the end of the protest, the cell signal returned, almost as if a switch had been flipped.

This protest follows a groundswell of activism in Chicago that resulted from the release of dash cam video showing a white police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.

One protester celebrating the cancellation of Trump’s event said, “None of the Republican candidates or the GOP establishment can stop Trump, but tonight a coalition of students, Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans, and whites were able to defeat Trump here in Chicago, at least for one night.”

Protests against Donald Trump outside the pavilion on the University of Illinois-Chicago. (photo: Paul Gottinger/RSN)
Protests against Donald Trump outside the pavilion on the University of Illinois-Chicago.
(photo: Paul Gottinger/RSN)



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+97 # Street Level 2016-03-12 15:03
Get everyone you know registered to vote.
If Hillary wins, we'll go to war. If Trump wins, we'll go to civil war. Vote Bernie!
 
 
-5 # bardphile 2016-03-12 18:48
Stop the war rhetoric. Let's not descend to the level of you-know-who and his supporters.
 
 
+20 # economagic 2016-03-12 18:57
That thumbs-up was my mistake. WHAT war rhetoric? Street Level is stating an opinion on what will occur if either of two prominent candidates is elected. Trump is advocating violence and suggesting that he will increase the level of warfare by the U.S. if elected.
 
 
+7 # bardphile 2016-03-12 20:08
Okay. Got it now.
 
 
+30 # Shades of gray matter 2016-03-12 15:09
Trump protesters should make a YUUGE commitment to, demonstration of NON-violence.
 
 
+46 # WBoardman 2016-03-12 16:59
Shades of gray matter heads down a slippery slope
toward blaming the victims with this comment.

The non-violence sentiment makes sense,
but it's aimed in the wrong direction generally,
and especially as regards this report.

There is NO report of violence by the protestors.
They were loud, they had signs, they were exercising
First Amendment rights we still have.

Trump people were violent, as they have been in
many other instances. Trump people were trashing the
First Amendment. Trump people – and especially
Trump himself – need to commit to non-violence.

The only examples of violence in this report
are acts of violence committed by
Trump supporters and Chicago police.

The big problem with this story, that allows someone like
Shades to urge non-violence on the non-violent, is the story's lede – it is flat wrong:

"Donald Trump was forced to call off a rally on the University of Illinois-Chicag o (UIC) campus Friday after thousands of people turned up to protest the event."

NO ONE FORCED Trump to call off the rally. NO ONE.

Trump, faced with organized, non-violent protest,
mostly outside the venue, first tried proxy-violence,
then quit the field.

A better lede:
"Faced with thousands opposing his views,
Trump chose not to engage in a democratic debate –
or even to test the protestors by proposing one."

That's what the story reported after all ;-)))
 
 
+26 # Cassandra2012 2016-03-12 17:06
Quoting Shades of gray matter:
Trump protesters should make a YUUGE commitment to, demonstration of NON-violence.


Not in this life, I would predict. Today Der Drumpf is whining that Bernie supporters would not 'allow' him and his rally 'free speech'; this from the guy advocating punching out and forcibly removing peaceful protesters from his raucous and violent rallies. He does indeed remind one of Mussolini and his repulsive brown shirts....
 
 
+7 # economagic 2016-03-12 19:03
I believe you are misreading Shades, as I did at first. I believe Mr. Boardman is correct in interpreting Shades' poorly punctuated statement as suggesting a commitment to non-violence by those protesting AGAINST Trump, NOT by those protesting on his behalf.
 
 
+2 # HowardMH 2016-03-13 14:06
Yes and we should all be cautious of the tens of thousands that show up and support Drumpf. I really did not believe there were that many very ignorant people in this country, until now. Be afraid America be very afraid.
 
 
+10 # lfeuille 2016-03-12 19:57
I've read 3 or 4 accounts of this demonstration and none of them specifically mention Bernie supporters. Where did this idea that Bernie supporters were blocking Trumps right to free speech come from?
 
 
+9 # economagic 2016-03-12 20:40
A report from Bloomberg, not exactly an established source of unbiased reporting much less investigative journalism, quoted statements by Trump and Rubio insinuating that the protesters were responsible for at least some of the violence and approaching blaming them directly, with editorial comments falling just short of outright approval.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2016-03-13 22:00
OK, so some people are just taking Trumps word for it.
 
 
+15 # Sweet Pea 2016-03-12 15:13
Hopefully, people will wake up and realize that Trump is just a bad dream.
 
 
-23 # David Macko 2016-03-12 16:34
Like him or not, Trump is reality, perhaps for four or eight years.
 
 
+13 # jsluka 2016-03-12 17:58
Basically, there's no chance of Trump actually being elected. We might put it this way; "the statistical likelihood of a Trump presidency is extremely remote - about 1,000 (or more) to 1." While it is now likely (statistically probable) that he will be selected as the Rethuglican candidate, it is extremely unlikely (statistically improbable) that he would then be elected POTUS. That is why the Rethuglican Party is now in panic mode regarding the election. Only 23% of voters declare as Republican, and only half of those support Trump, which would be 12.5% of voters. While that would not represent "all" Trump supporters, it indicates that support for Trump is not very extensive, and certainly not extensive enough to win the presidential election. The only possible hope he has is that if Hillary is selected as the Dumbacratic Party candidate, her level of unpopularity (even among her own party members) might shift the balance significantly towards Trump. Even then, it would statistically be a very long shot or unlikely probability that Trump would win.
 
 
+17 # economagic 2016-03-12 19:05
That is a very dangerous position. It is never wise to ignore a demagogue with a large and ignorant following, especially a rich demagogue.
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2016-03-12 20:00
No one is ignoring him, but it is equally unwise to panic and declare that everyone has to drop their own principles and unite to defeat him at this stage.
 
 
+10 # economagic 2016-03-12 20:59
Quite so, but jsluka asserts that "there's no chance of Trump actually being elected," then proceeds to attempt to prove that this is the case using polling data and other statistics, which are proving unreliable in this atypical campaign season. I think that qualifies as ignoring the possibility that any or all of those statistics could be wrong, or that the actual numbers could shift a great deal, possibly suddenly.

When the MSM starts ignoring the demagogue, then it would be reasonable for the rest of us to do so, cautiously: "Doveryai no proveryai."
 
 
+17 # Cassandra2012 2016-03-12 17:07
Quoting Sweet Pea:
Hopefully, people will wake up and realize that Trump is just a bad dream.

.
uh , more like a neo-fascist nightmare.
 
 
+34 # Doc Mary 2016-03-12 15:35
Trump is already blaming followers of "Communist" Bernie Sanders [for the ignorant, Sanders is not a Communist; he is a social democrat; the two are not the same] for inciting violence at the rally.

I think this was no accident. I think he knew exactly what would happen if he held a rally at that site. He even sounded pleased when he called in to news shows.

So I have a question: what happens when Trump burns the Reichstag down?
 
 
+10 # bmiluski 2016-03-12 16:12
Rubio and Cruz are blaming President Obama.
 
 
+4 # jsluka 2016-03-12 18:11
LOL! Of course they are. And Obama has already said "don't blame me for Trump," though in fact he is partly to blame for Trump because the abject failure of his "hope and change" promise has directly contributed to the ever increasing level of popular political disenchantment which Trump is capitalizing on.
 
 
+24 # Passing Through 2016-03-12 18:48
Perhaps; but it is also true that making Obama's presidency an abject failure was the singular goal of the GOP from the beginning of his first term, as Mitch McConnell pronounced out loud. They threw up as many road blocks as they could to every piece of legislation that had Obama's approval, regardless of its actual value to American citizens, including their own constituents. Making Obama look like a failure who couldn't get anything accomplished superseded all other interests, and with the full-on 24/7 assistance of Fox News. It was a very effect tactic.
 
 
-4 # lfeuille 2016-03-12 20:02
equally far fetched.
 
 
+11 # economagic 2016-03-12 19:09
Some people will rally around him, of course. But some people still believe that "our Reichstag fire" was the attacks of September, 2001, after the neoCON PNAC had called for a "New Pearl Harbor" to make it possible for them to institute their "Hundred Year Reich" (the pikers and cowards that they were).
 
 
+32 # librarian1984 2016-03-12 15:36
My idiot two cents is that this is somewhat like the 1968 Democratic convention. The violence inside, the Vietnam protestors on the outside being beaten by Chicago PD on national television. My subjective impression is that this was a moment that encouraged the older generation who had, up to that point, been supporters of the establishment and therefore the war, to join the anti-war movement. It was a painful time, an adolescent revolt within the party.

Now the GOP is having its own internal revolt, powered by angry white men, hung out to dry by pols, afraid of changing demographics, and led by their own Uncle Mussolini. Then the clueless patriarchy sends out ol' Mitt to be condescending and know-it-all, like any good Republican father figure. Next does Peggy Noonan get an ad telling them "Romney knows best"?
What was it Karl Rover boasted -- that he'd set up a generation of GOP domination of the executive branch? Not so much, Turd Blossom.

While I find the violence disturbing, I was also impressed by people I saw trying to dialogue -- Trump supporters as well as protestors. Most people, on both sides, are decent people. Unfortunately the escalating violence, Trump's disingenuous denials and encouragement, and media addiction to spectacle suggest this will only get worse as it attracts people who want trouble.

We need an American Gandhi. Times like this we truly miss having our liberal elders with us. How nice it would be to have MLK and the Kennedys around.
 
 
+4 # Ralph 2016-03-13 06:56
The Sander's campaign stands in stark contrast to the Trump campaign. The last thing we need are MLK's/Kennedys. They wound up dead at the hands of establishment politics. We need people who speak out in clear and concise terms against the racism and hatred that Trump foments. People who die of old age. They are out there. Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Cornel West to name a few. Rather than wax poetic for yesteryear, let's build a political revolution with the hand we are dealt.
 
 
-44 # joejamchicago 2016-03-12 15:43
The Pavillion protestors bask in the morning after glow of moral righteousness. They did not use their time and energy to do something constructive to defeat Trump's candidacy, i. e., work for a different candidate. Instead, they chose to engage in public masturbation and gang rape the process. They joined history's long list of brownshirts and commissars to silence free speech and thwart free assembly. In doing so, they have taken direct aim at the Constitution of the United States. Theirs is a Pyrrhic victory. The way to defeat Trump is at the polls, not by mob action. The protestors have ensured Trump's nomination by the Republican party for the Presidency of the United States. They have only themselves to blame.
 
 
-16 # RY25L 2016-03-12 16:23
After the 1968 election, the Vietnam War raged on and on even worse.....Despi te this reality and all the protests in the next four years that included Kent State, the GOP slaughtered the DEMs in 1972..total slaughter. So your point above is well taken though the people on this forum will thumbs down you (and now me) until the cows come home.

Voting is the only answer as you said here.......and too bad all these protesters were/are not as ardent re voter suppression laws which are more a of threat to our democracy than ISIS, Trump, Cruz, or Rubio combined.

This riot (if not paid for and caused by Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers in the ultimate dirty trick to bring down Trump since all else has failed) will set up a 1972 again except this time we might not have to wait four years.


Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
(replacing Thomas Eagleton)
Electoral vote 520 17
States carried 49 1 + DC
Popular vote 47,168,710 29,173,222
Percentage 60.7% 37.5%
 
 
+10 # economagic 2016-03-12 19:17
I don't think either of you guys understand that history very well, and that your comments are based in fear rather than facts. But of course I'm a crazy person.
 
 
+23 # Cassandra2012 2016-03-12 17:11
uh,, nope... it would be too late at the polls. This is mob psychology being deliberately employed by Der Drumpf.... reminiscent of burning down the Reichstag, or of brown shirts obediently beating up opponents of Mussolini. Neo-fascism needs to be confronted when it raises its ugly little head....
 
 
+24 # heiko12 2016-03-12 16:31
The various conspiracy theories that appear in the comments on RSN are interesting, but I find it hard to imagine the protesters being organized or encouraged by Karl Rove or the Kochs - inspired by opposition to them, yes.

Comparisons to 1972 are inappropriate for so many reasons…

One of the deepest ironies here is that supposedly Trump canceled the rally because people might get hurt, but when has he ever cared about that before?

No, he canceled because if there was large scale trouble it would have been bad press for him. And his ego is all he cares about. If he ever cared about America he has hidden it very, very well.
 
 
+1 # Sunflower 2016-03-12 16:52
Pray that Rubio drops out-- If it is between
Trump and Cruz or any other single politician,
he won't win. He is only doing this well because of the 2 or 3 or 4 way split in the Republican vote...

It's not over yet!
 
 
+18 # Cassandra2012 2016-03-12 17:13
So our only choices in the Teapugnican primaries is between a neo-fascist narcissist and a theocratic Canadian whose father believes he is the 2nd coming?
 
 
-21 # Shades of gray matter 2016-03-12 17:18
Boardman thinks Trump protesters should NOT make a highly visible commitment to non-violence. Too bad he wasn't around to advise Gandhi, King. He surely would have tried.
Kee-rist, Berners are touchy. Nervous?
 
 
+19 # economagic 2016-03-12 19:14
No, he is questioning your motives, along with your insinuation that those protesting against Trump were responsible for a significant part of the violence, of which I have yet to see any evidence as of 8:00 EST on Saturday, despite some charges by the right-wing media.
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2016-03-12 20:09
No, just annoyed by twisted logic. As Boardman said, it was the Trump people who were violent. And once again, I can find no evidence the Bernie supporters made up the majority of the crowd.
 
 
-11 # lights 2016-03-12 17:29
Clearly there was no shortage of immaturity and lack of leadership from anyone at all last night. I mean NO ONE! And we desperately need honest journalists who care about telling the whole, non-partisan story.

Is this actually how we are going to proceed as a society - like Hitler began? Trump foolishly exploiting the misguided feelings of fear and hatred in his supporters and encouraging violence? Bernie supporters (our youth) who organize, invade and triumphantly yell "We did it. We won," because they used intimidation, violence and typical bullying to shut down the Trump rally at the cost of the 1st Amendment rights for all those who chose to attend?

Do the Trump supporters now have a right to invade Bernie Sanders rallies and violently bully and oppress them so that their rally will ALSO need to be shut down? And if that happens, where does it end?

We need leaders who can see the whole picture, who amidst all this chaos recognize that this unrest is escalating and leadership is necessary. People who understand, can feel and recognize the extent of the suffering in this country. Sure, this singular focus on economics will make some difference down the long line, but how will we proceed NOW in the middle of this critical social crisis?
 
 
+14 # Shorey13 2016-03-12 17:35
Sure looks like 1968 to me. Even in Chicago again.... Different players, of course, but a similar dynamic. Anybody else remember Mayor Daly giving Sen. Ribicoff a throat-cutting signal while his Gangster Police Force assaulted the anti-war protesters? Trump and the Republicans are not unique in our history, and Democrats have also been "un-democratic" on more that one occasion.

There are two important lessons here: democracy is on the ropes, and the media are not helping. If you don't realize by now that there are a LOT of Americans who agree with Drumpf, you're not paying attention. The only good part of this is that having created this Frankenstein monster, beginning with Nixon's "Southern Strategy," and reinforced by Reagan's racist campaign slogans about welfare recipients driving Cadillacs, then the creation (by the Koch Brothers et al) of the Tea Party, and the intransigent anti-Obama Republican Congress, they are now being eaten by the monster. Be careful what you wish for.... There is a line in one of my favorite country songs that says, "I've heard that God punishes you by answering your prayers.......
 
 
+7 # bardphile 2016-03-12 19:02
Yes! A LOT like 1968. No, the protestors didn't "stop Trump." This stuff is red meat to the Donald and his supporters. It's the kind of stuff that helped give us Nixon.
 
 
+10 # MillValleyMaven 2016-03-12 19:14
I watched some of the 1968 aptly-named "police riot" on TV, and my jaw dropped when I saw and heard Mayor Daly say "the police are not here to create disorder! They're here to preserve disorder (as in "Dis Order ")
 
 
+14 # nancyw 2016-03-12 19:00
Peaceful gathering to protest hate speech and racism is a good thing. It is democracy in action. It is Drumpf who silences difference even when it is silent, and he silences with hate and condoning violence. The students st UCI had tried several avenues like petitions and dialogue to ask the UCI president to not allow hate and racism on their campus to no avail. Protesting was the next step. They were not a mob. They were not violent. They were violated by the police and by Drumpfers. The feeling of joy and satisfaction at the end was that democracy can work to stop racist and hate on their campus. It was success for a moral stance.
 
 
-7 # lights 2016-03-12 19:17
And denial of the truth at all costs was what got the world Hitler!
 
 
-9 # Shades of gray matter 2016-03-12 19:35
I wonder if Bernie's vote to shield gun cartels from any and all liability will help him among Cleveland African Americans? Didn't do him much good in S.C., where he is known among sophisticated voters as a purveyor of "Sweet Nothin's."
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2016-03-12 20:13
Another blatant distortion from a Hillaryit All you have is distortion. No actual relevant facts.
 
 
+11 # diamondmarge7 2016-03-12 20:03
IMO those who protested the racism, bigotry, misogyny preached by Trump were an example of true democracy in action. Those protesters were saying that they did not want to hear more hate; IMo they were expressing THEIR 1st amendment rights not to empower the misanthropy of an egomaniac tho encourages violence.
To the poster who wrote that we need the wisdom of MLK or Bobby Kennedy, have you not listened to the wisdom, experience, and compassion being promoted by Bernie Sanders? He clearly is the prophet we've been waiting for. Recognize him and work to elect him.
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2016-03-12 20:39
GOP troll alert! on - # diamondmarge7 2016-03-01 00:13 "... I will vote for Dr. Jill Stein ... pledge (to write in) BERNIE or (vote) Green ... give him leverage"

marge, note that your pledge amounts to GOP catfishing for undemocratic progressives! - "leverage" bernie NEVER ASKED FOR AND DOESN'T WANT! DO THIS ONLY IF YOU INSIST ON RUNNING AND LOSING BERNIE'S CAMPAIGN FOR HIM!

outing false-flag ops! - our local hill-haters have been self-identifyin g here as GOP trolls for months and months! - # Inspired Citizen 2016-02-01 05:42 "Bernie needs leverage and Convention insurance (HE DETESTS; SO WE'LL DO IT FOR BERNIE, AGAINST HIS EXPRESS WISHES!) Have YOU taken the Bernie or bust pledge?"

- citizen, at long last! thanks! outs RAP! - Republicans Against Progress - says - # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-10 18:10 "It's going to be #BerrnieOrElse the GOP. That's RAP's promise!"

- and says - # jsluka 2015-08-30 17:22 "I will not vote for Hillary Clinton ... It would be better for a Rethuglican to get elected, and bring on the revolution!"

- humbug! as says # Scott Galindez 2015-10-20 10:28 “Its not leverage; threats backfire, especially empty ones. Bernie will not run as an independent. Bernie needs enough delegates at that convention to win, not signers on a petition making an undemocratic threat.”

marge's is false-flag attack on hill! and false-flag support for bernie! - listen to bernie! - down with RAP! - down with GOP! - go bernie!
 
 
0 # joejamchicago 2016-03-12 20:50
What do the protestors attending Trump rallies hope to accomplish? To place a spotlight on bigotry? Donald Trump does so in and by himself well beyond their power to augment or enhance. All they can do is stand silently, displaying a sign if they so choose. As soon as they open their mouths, they cross the line between protest and disruption and are lawfully removed. Few go in silence and the resulting disruption serves to reinforce the resolve of Trump's supporters. It may feel good to protest, but it is a self-serving righteousness that gives aid and comfort to the enemies of diversity, pluralism, and tolerance. If Trump is to be defeated, it will be at the ballot box. An effective use of time and energy would be to work for a different candidate. Democracy died in the Weimar Republic because discourse was replaced with mayhem. Political events became battlefields as parties on all sides took to the streets: black shirts and brown shirts, commissars and anarchists. The blood flowed, and the people turned to a strong man to save them from chaos. It is self-defeating to give Donald Trump more of what he wants: dominating the airwaves and headlines.
 
 
+2 # RNLDaWy 2016-03-12 23:25
What they hope to accomplish is to stop right wing authoritarianis m which Trump promoted in his statements .. then defended the 78 year old redneck who cold cocked the two peaceful protesting black guys who were being escorted out .. let's see .. South .. N. Carolina .. primarily a whitie rightie convention .. and blacks got targeted with violence justified .. then he takes it to Chicago .. and a predominantly black campus .. Gee can't understand why they might object!? (tongue deepy in my cheek)
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2016-03-13 22:06
Just to show that the whole country does not agree with this. People from other countries looking at this election have reason to be concerned. He spews his bile with seemingly little opposition so far. The US MSM is not countering him. His is leading the Republican field. It is time he had some vocal opposition.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2016-03-13 08:43
thanks for nothing! as usual, from - # jsluka 2016-03-12 17:58 "Basically, there's no chance of Trump actually being elected …”

- for j's early congrats? to us all, for nothing we do? thanks!

now - # jsluka 2016-03-12 18:11 "... Obama has already said "don't blame me for Trump," though in fact he is partly to blame for Trump because the abject failure of his "hope and change" promise has directly contributed to the ever increasing level of popular political disenchantment which Trump is capitalizing on."

- says prophet of doom j! obama betrayed us? all is lost? nothing can be done!? so do nothing?

- in sum says - # jsluka 2015-08-30 17:22 "I will not vote for Hillary Clinton ... It would be better for a Rethuglican to get elected, and bring on the revolution!"

- j! altho you connect no dots to hill? the source of all your ills? trust you? for all the nothing you do, for all the nothing you propose we do, thanks!
 
 
+4 # Rcomm 2016-03-13 09:38
Did you all miss the most troubling fact of all, that cell phone signals may have been blocked?
It's bad, and scary, enough that peaceful demonstrations at Trump rallies have been stopped but jamming communications is something we see in China. It must not happen here.
 
 
+2 # rural oregon progressive 2016-03-13 22:08
Rcomm: Thank you! I felt a chill when I read that cell coverage had been jammed, and felt that to be the most disturbing thing regarding last nights' clash... It is bad enough that our police are being militarized. Now they wield the ability to shut down communication.
 
 
0 # JSRaleigh 2016-03-14 18:51
Can you say Operation Northwoods boys 'n girls?
 

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