Over the weekend, extremely toxic caterpillar from another planet, Donald Trump, was supposed to rally his supporters in Chicago outside an arena at the University of Illinois. And then, a riot broke out.
The protests were so alarming that the political rally was canceled for fear that it wouldn’t be safe to allow people inside the venue. There were reports of fist fights between supporters and protesters, folks looking for TV cameras to issue angst, as a large contingent of Chicago police officers moved in to restore order.
“Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago, and after meeting with law enforcement, has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date,” the Trump campaign said in a statement. “Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.”
CNN Politics ran roughshod with this story for a few hours, including this insider video:
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) March 12, 2016
Here’s the question, “Why was this surprising?”
Trump’s spin on the kerfuffle was not that people hate his guts, but rather they hate Congress and remain stuck in a polarizing political climate. He’s not wrong, but nice try, Trump. And then he said this:
“I don’t take responsibility. Nobody has been hurt at our rallies,” Trump said on CNN, saying later: “Overall, I think we’ve been very mild with protesters.”
Yeah, about that…
People have been hurt and Trump has been the ringleader behind the physicality of the anger. And that’s precisely why he’s throttling the rest of the GOP hopefuls. Voters are clearly not interested in foreign policy and domestic tariffs.
These protests will make Trump supporters run to the polls, and the anti-Trumpeters rub their hands waiting for the general election in November. In short, his peeps just want to hear about — and frankly demand — change.
Ironic, isn’t it?