During a recent Donald Trump rally held in North Carolina, one of the Republican front-runner’s supporters punched a black protester in the face as he was being escorted from the venue. After assaulting the man, John McGraw was later heard saying, “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” The video of the incident went viral and ultimately led to McGraw’s arrest. Another rally scheduled for Friday had a different turn of events which resulted in Trump supporters having met their match in Chicago.
The presidential hopeful has yet to back down or retract any of the race-based incendiary comments he has made during his campaign. Therefore, what many have long feared finally occurred in the city known for violence. Trump celebrated the efforts of McGraw who physically attacked another who opposed his campaign, confirming his own provocative encouragement of such behavior. The city of Chicago flipped the script on the business mogul in a flammable cocktail of populist anger. Given the tensions which continue to brew across the country causing many to become upset and fearful, the outbreak in the Windy City should have been predictable.
Trump has led a surprisingly strong candidacy despite known campaign mismanagement and a host of statements which continue to divide the country he is seeking “to make great again.” Using the same tactics of a long line of political figures who have played on the emotions of the crowd, the businessman often uses language and racial clues which are designed to outrage opponents while enraging followers. This type of manipulative approach did not produce the best response during former civil rights movements and is just as dangerous in the current situation of economic difficulty and racial injustice.
To the amazement of many, the former Celebrity Apprentice host has soared to the top of the Republican Party using cliché’s and destructive and inflaming language. He has verbally attacked many who make up the population of the country he is attempting to lead. One person, who identified himself as an anarchist who revels in destruction, had this to say about his decision to support the Republican candidate:
I would like to offer my reasoning for supporting Trump. I know he would do a pretty terrible job, but I really am at the point of letting the whole thing burn down and explode. Trump would help us get there faster and more efficiently. Like the joker from The Dark Knight, I just want to see the world burn. I guess I am an anarchist in that respect. Once it’s all burnt down maybe we can have that constitutional convention we really need to fix things and get this country back on track if it still exists.
In rallies prior to Chicago, anti-Trump supporters were only able to infiltrate events in small numbers. On Friday, they turned out and turned up. The number of protesters shocked the pro-Trump squads and forced the event’s cancelation. This is the largest victory for activist to-date and is one that Trump’s enthusiasts will not soon forget. Violence was displayed across many television screens on Friday night like a dreadful flashback from the 1960s. Shoving and fistfights broke out among thousands of opponents and supporters in attendance at the University of Illinois Pavilion in Chicago causing supporters to finally meet their match.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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