By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
It was a hot time in the old town the other night in Chicago. Donald Trump was scheduled to speak at a rally there with thousands in attendance. That rally had to be cancelled because thousands of violent protesters showed up. Many had tickets to the event. The protest seems to have been organized by MoveOn.org, Bill Ayers and Code Pink. CPUSA, Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) also had a hand in it. George Soros has invested approximately $15 million to stage protests like this one to ensure a Clinton victory in November. Troops on the ground included La Raza, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panthers. It was a who’s who of anarchists, extremists, radicals and freaks. Trump never even arrived at the event. He told the attendees to disperse and go in peace. Unfortunately, it did not go down that way. The decision to cancel the event was Trump’s and was not a recommendation from the police. I say he made the right call on this one.
Bernie Sanders of course blamed Trump, which is just ridiculous. Donald Trump has a right to free speech. The protesters also have a right to protest, but peacefully. They weren’t doing that, so the police should have dispersed them. This is what Sanders had to say:
“As is the case virtually every day, Donald Trump is showing the American people that he is a pathological liar,” Sanders wrote. “Obviously, while I appreciate that we had supporters at Trump’s rally in Chicago, our campaign did not organize the protests. What caused the protests at Trump’s rally is a candidate that has promoted hatred and division against Latinos, Muslims, women, and people with disabilities, and his birther attacks against the legitimacy of President Obama. What caused the violence at Trump’s rally is a campaign whose words and actions have encouraged it on the part of his supporters.”
MoveOn.org had this to say:
I would say that is more than enough proof that this was planned and executed and since MoveOn.org is Bernie Sanders’ biggest supporter… well, let’s just say it probably had his blessing. This is the beginning of the American Spring I have so long warned about. It’s upon us and after St. Louis and Chicago, I would not be surprised if violent protests and riots followed Donald Trump across the country right on up until the nominee is decided and if it is him, until the election and after. Trump is stoking the anger of his followers as well. A 78 year-old man cold-cocked a black protester being led out of a rally. Later he told a reporter he was not sorry and next time they might have to kill him. “He was a rough guy, and he was punching. And we had some people — some rough guys like we have right in here — and they started punching back,” Trump said. “It was a beautiful thing.” Trump will now provide the man representation as he said he would at a rally. He has told people that if they have to get aggressive or violent with protesters that he would back them. He just gave people a green light to attack others. If this keeps up, someone is going to get killed either in a Trump rally or by the radicals outside one of the rallies. Ted Cruz is absolutely right when he says blame for the events in downtown Chicago rests with the protesters, but “in any campaign responsibility starts at the top.” Cruz also said late Friday that the billionaire has created “an environment that encourages this sort of nasty discourse.” “When the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence, to punch people in the face, the predictable consequence of that is that it escalates,” Cruz said. “Today is unlikely to be the last such incidence.” I absolutely agree with that on all points.
Four police officers were hurt in the Chicago rally. One had blood streaming down his face from being hit with a broken bottle. I saw Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter activists brawling inside the venue. I understand there were fights outside as well. One CBS reporter was knocked to the ground by an officer, arrested and later released. Donald Trump claimed no one was hurt during the confrontation… that is incorrect. Many protesters jumped up and down, with arms up in the air, shouting “F— Trump!” ”Bernie! Bernie!” and “We stopped Trump!” One guy ran for the podium, but was wrestled off the platform by two of Trump’s guys.
I share the frustration and anger of Trump’s followers. I want the border shut down… I want a wall and legal immigration… I want the refugee resettlement program stopped until those people can be thoroughly vetted… and I want jobs again for Americans. But brawling with your enemies is not the way to do it. Yes, if they attack you, you have the right to defend yourself and fight back. But that is not what is happening here. Anger is being stoked on both sides and violence is erupting because of it. This plays into the hands of the leftists. They want this. They want chaos and violence in the streets and some of Trump’s followers are willing to give it to them.
Shortly after the Chicago incident took place, Steff Yorek, the political secretary of the radical Maoist Freedom Road Socialist Organization – FightBack!, urged communists all over the country to follow Chicago’s example. “We need two, three, many Chicagos,” said Yorek. “Trump is an open advocate of racism and national chauvinism. Forcing Trump to chicken out of his Chicago campaign appearance was a real victory. Chicago protesters of all nationalities sent a message to the world, that here in the US there is widespread and militant opposition to his reactionary agenda.”
Democratic Socialists of America also helped organize the Chicago event. Sanders is not only a long-time member of the group, but helped raise funds for them as well as recruit. Sanders was also a key player in helping to elect DSA-supported candidates to Congress and in reforming the Congressional Progressive Caucus, or CPC with DSA in control of it. The DSA was critical in organizing early support for Sanders’ national political career and Sanders has since maintained close working ties to the organization. In fact, when he talks about being a socialist, he stresses he is a ‘Democratic Socialist’. You say Democratic Socialist, I say communist. Chicago DSA drove its members to the Trump Protest Rally on March 11th at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion in Chicago, the 9,500-seat arena where Trump had planned his local campaign event.
The Chicago DSA is one of over a dozen organizations that drove its members to the Trump event in Chicago. Other groups included Black Lives Matter Chicago, MoveOn.org, La Raza Chicago, International ANSWER Chicago, SEIU Local 73, The Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and others.
According to WND, in the days leading up to the rally, the George Soros-backed activist group Moveon.org circulated a petition demanding officials at the taxpayer-funded school cancel the Trump campaign rally. The petition collected nearly 50,000 signatures and another 10,000 Facebook users pledged to show up to disrupt the event.
Friday’s protest occurred just one day after Grammy-winning artist Chris Brown called for mobs of black people to provoke Donald Trump’s supporters at rallies. “What you need to start doing — all these black people, go together 40, 50 deep. See what they do then,” Brown said in a video posted to his Instagram account on Thursday. “God will have his revenge. F–k Trump and f–k the pigs,” Brown added.
In Ohio, Secret Service agents surrounded Donald Trump during a rally on Saturday as a man tried rushing the stage, only a day after he canceled an event over what his team said were safety concerns. Shortly after mocking a protester who was being escorted out of his event outside Dayton, four Secret Service agents jumped onto the stage and surrounded Trump. The man who tried rushing the stage, Thomas Dimassimo, was later arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office said. It was not clear if he entered a plea or has an attorney, but he was released on bail Saturday evening. “I was ready for him, but it’s much easier if the cops do it, don’t we agree?” Trump said to the cheering crowd. Trump claimed the man was connected to ISIS, but that seems to have been debunked. Dimassimo is currently in acting school and is a Bernie Sanders supporter. ISIS used one of his clips where he was at a campus dragging an American flag and stomping on it in a video of theirs.
As police carted Dimassimo off, Trump supporters were heard screaming, “Kick his ass, Donald!” Another can be heard yelling, “Rip his hair out!” The guy got close enough to grab Trump’s leg. That’s way too close.
Trump called to arrest protesters at a campaign event in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was repeatedly interrupted at the beginning of his address. “I’m going to ask that you arrest them,” Trump said to the police. “I’ll file whatever charges you want. If they want to do this … we’re going to go strongly for your arrests.” Trump said arresting protesters would “ruin the rest of their lives” by giving them a “big arrest mark.” “Once that starts happening, we’re not going to have any more protesters, folks,” Trump said.
I find it interesting that Trump is referring to the protesters as Bernie’s thugs. Why doesn’t he address the radical groups surrounding all of this? Interesting.
Then we have a pro-Donald Trump super PAC that has tapped Jesse Benton, a veteran Republican operative with ties to Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, to serve as its chief strategist. The super PAC is looking to support Trump in his homestretch of the nomination process. That does not seem anti-establishment to me in the least.
Next up, we have the Michelle Fields incident. I believe what Michelle Fields is claiming. After reviewing all the videos, it looks to me as if Trump’s campaign manager grabbed her arm with force. The bruises prove it. There was a witness to the act… a Washington Post reporter. There were also the videos. Then last night, Ben Shapiro and his father quit Breitbart over this. The spokesman for Breitbart has also quit in protest to Breitbart’s blind devotion to Trump and throwing one of their own under a bus. Breitbart ran a lying piece this morning on Ben Shapiro and then yanked it. But not before Politico caught it. Sucks to be them. Trump has irrevocably torn apart the conservative movement and the party.
Trump doubled down on backing his campaign manager without getting the facts and then called Fields a liar as well. All of this is reprehensible. If that had been a conservative reporter at a Sanders or Clinton event and this had happened, we would have cried bloody hell over it. But because it is Trump, he’s getting a pass. It’s shameful. Good for Ben and David Shapiro as well as Michelle Fields for standing on their principles and quitting Breitbart. Ben Shapiro can write his own ticket anywhere… he’s just that good. I believe this honors the memory of Andrew Breitbart. What his organization has become since he passed is just embarrassing. “Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed,” Shapiro wrote. “Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.” That pretty much says it all.
Trump’s Illinois campaign director has now been sidelined after the national campaign grew furious over what sources described as a lack of organization in the state in the run-up to Tuesday’s primary. Instead, two others have assumed duties that were held by Springfield-area attorney Kent Gray, who is also running for state representative, a person intimately involved with Trump’s political operation confirmed. Gray said by text message that he had not been removed. When asked if his capacity within the campaign had shifted, he referred questions to a Trump spokeswoman. So, there is shifting in Illinois. Probably because Ted Cruz is now within 3 to 4 points of Trump there. A virtual tie.
I would say this is only the beginning. This riot and others to follow are a dress rehearsal for the Republican Convention in Cleveland. Many are asking the GOP to move it to Salt Lake City or to Virginia. That would be wise I believe. These thugs would like to turn this into 1968 all over again with even more bloodshed. Look for the American Spring to kick into high gear as we go into spring and summer. I feel like we are all being fed choreographed bread and circuses here.