The Trump train has new fuel.

There’s no way the thugs and left-wing political groups that shut down Donald Trump’s Chicago rally on Friday night are going to silence the Republican front-runner or dissuade millions of his supporters from voting for him.

Every American should be outraged that protesters so blatantly stomped on the right to free speech. But instead of politicians on both sides of the aisle coming to Trump’s defense, they either stayed silent or said that he created a “toxic” environment and “had it coming” for his “divisive” speech and “offensive” insults.

Ted Cruz pretends to be a fierce protector of the Constitution, yet when a fellow Republican’s rights were so blatantly violated, he showed voters that talk is cheap. He chose to score some cheap political points and blame Trump for the protest when he should have been defending Trump’s right to take to the stage and speak his mind.

Talk about double standards and a blow to the First Amendment.

For starters, Hillary Clinton is guilty of insulting rhetoric — remember when she compared Republicans to terrorists last August? Did Republican-backed groups shut down her campaign events?

Of course not.

Yet if the shoe was on the other foot and Hillary Clinton’s rally was shut down by Republican activist groups, left-leaning media and liberals would go berserk. They’d suddenly become defenders of the Constitution, saying all Americans have a right to free speech and protesters and “bullies” should take a hike.

Hypocrisy, indeed.

Trump supporters see it. As do millions of Americans who want a fair shake.

We’re all supposed to be equal under the law.

It’s ironic that liberals — especially pols like Clinton and Bernie Sanders — wax poetic about “equality,” yet when it comes to free speech they only want Democratic candidates to enjoy it — without protest.

Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Herald Drive,” heard 6-9 a.m. on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.


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