After violent protesters forced Donald Trump to cancel a Chicago rally on Friday, the Republican frontrunner said he was going to take a harder line against their constant interruptions. “I hope they arrest these people, because honestly they should be,” he said Saturday. “The only way to stop the craziness is to press charges.”
Trump adopted the new tone at a Dayton, Ohio rally, where one protester – Thomas Dimassimo – actually tried to jump on stage and attack him during his speech. Trump’s Secret Service detail surrounded the businessman, providing us with one of the most shocking moments we’ve seen in American politics in years. Dimassimo was indeed arrested and charged, but the sight of a national politician in danger was something Americans haven’t seen in years.
“I hope these guys get thrown in jail — they’ll never do it again,” Trump said. “It’ll destroy their record, they’ll have to explain to mom and dad why they have a police record and why they can’t get a job. And you know what? I’m going to start pressing charges against these people.”
Obviously, there’s a fine line here. The First Amendment guarantees that Americans have the right to peacefully protest without fear of being arrested and charged.
At the same time, you don’t have the right to do anything you want in the name of free speech, and many of these protesters have crossed well over the line. And if they resist attempts to remove them from private property, they can be charged with trespassing. And certainly, many of the hooligans who gathered outside his Chicago rally were deliberately violent.
Of course, the mainstream media doesn’t want you to hear about any of that. Even on Fox News, hosts like Megyn Kelly have taken the Rachel Maddow approach, blaming Trump himself for inciting violence with his own rhetoric. These reporters and opinionists have learned absolutely nothing from Ferguson, where their ridiculous approval of rioting led to more of the same in Baltimore. Emboldened by their coverage in Chicago, the far-left organizers who shut down the rally will doubtlessly use that as a model for the future.
Put simply: someone is going to get hurt if this doesn’t stop.
The media’s pathological bias against Trump is stirring up dangerous sentiments in certain segments of the minority population. These fools aren’t listening to Trump; they’re listening to what the media says about Trump. And the media says Trump is racist, xenophobic, sexist, and evil. So that’s what they believe. You have mainstream politicians and celebrities casually comparing him to Adolf Hitler, and no one says, “Gee, that’s a bit much.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is out there saying that we don’t need to make America great again. Mrs. Clinton, take a look at some of the footage from Chicago on Friday and reconsider. Something is broken in our culture. Maybe it can’t be fixed. Probably it can’t. Things are too far gone. The narrative is too widespread.
But if Trump has done anything, he’s at least shown the average American that they aren’t alone in mourning better days.