"What ever happened to freedom of speech? What ever happened to the right to get together?" - Donald Trump
Trump is calling the protesters "thugs" this morning, and predicting the confrontation will just make him all the more popular, tweeting that events in Chicago have “totally energized America.”
The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our First Amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016
Trump phoned in to all the cable news networks last evening, claiming police suggested he cancel the UIC rally, though both Chicago and UIC campus police have told reporters they made no such suggestion and had plenty of manpower available for crowd control.
Trump steadfastly refuses to take any responsibility for the divisive campaign rhetoric that has brought his campaign to this new low point.
"It's a little bit sad when you can't have a rally in a major city in this country," Trump whined to MSNBC's Chris Matthews. "What ever happened to freedom of speech? What ever happened to the right to get together?"
It seems to have escaped Donald Trump that none of the other candidates have had to worry about violence shutting down their get-togethers. In fact, Bernie Sanders spoke last evening to a large boisterous crowd - every bit as large as the ones Trump attracts - only a few miles from the UIC Pavilion where the aborted Trump rally was to be held, with no trouble at all. And Ted Cruz spoke in suburban Illinois yesterday to about a thousand people - including some who were there to protest his message - without incident. Yet in an interview with Fox News last night, Trump insisted the protesters were not targeting at him, proclaiming:
"No, I think this is a demonstration against economic conditions on both sides."
Asked by Chris Matthews whether Trump thought the undercurrent of violence that permeates his rallies would hurt his campaign, Trump gloated that he thought it would add to his vote total.
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