Friday, March 11 brought an ugly return to politically motivated violence in America. No surprise it was at a Trump rally. The link below is the first I encountered and was posted while protesting was still in progress. It is, therefore, admittedly an early, developing, incomplete report. It does, however, provide insight into actions incited by mob psychology. (And I am guessing that sometime down the road some mob members regret their participation in a chaotic event. Speaking for myself, it is humiliating to know that a single person can influence so many, many people to do awful things, particularly those present at an event (such as a rally. People, I think, feel strangely anonymous in a crowd, free to act outrageously.)
Donald Trump Rally In Chicago Canceled Amid Security Fears
Fights broke out after the event was called off.
Fighting broke out when the cancelation was announced …
Why? Who on either side was amped up enough to begin swinging just because of a cancellation? Disappointment, maybe. But it seems to me that in the ranks of both supporters and opposers there were plenty of folks revved up to be angry, no matter what Trump might have said.
Trump’s events in recent days have featured numerous instances of violence. Trump has encouraged supporters to attack protesters, saying they should “hit back” more often.
“We have a country that’s so divided …” (Trump)
Gee, I wonder how that happens.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he (Trump) continued. “There’s a lot of anger in the country, and it’s very sad to see.”
Sad, indeed. In my view, the Republican party has now reaped what was sown by The Tea Party and Citizens United: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have blossomed into new strains of nastiness in political dialog. I don’t know who scares me more. And although I concede that my left-wing leanings favor Hillary and Bernie, I ask the reader not to consider any candidates as representatives of a particular party; rather, don’t watch any more debates, just read the transcripts. Decide for yourself: Where is the substance? Where are the sophomoric ad hominem attacks? Who sounds, dare I say it, presidential?
“Tonight’s rally will be postponed,” a Trump campaign staffer announced … “Thank you very much for your attendance, and please go in peace.”