With the recent riots in California against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump — along with other violence against his campaign in Chicago and elsewhere — questions are being raised about the accountability of Democrats who have waged war at his rallies.
After attempts to disrupt Trump’s speech were made by tearing down barricades near the site of California’s Republican Convention at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, a surge of hundreds of anti-Trump demonstrators blocked the road and forced the frontrunning candidate to enter through the hotel’s rear entrance Friday.
Commenting on the flood of protesters being held back from entering the hotel — many with bandanas covering their faces and brandishing Mexican flags while blocking the road — Trump vented his frustration over the incident.
“That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made,” the billionaire expressed, according to the Wall Street Journal” My wife called. She said there are helicopters following you, and then we went under a fence and through a fence, and, oh boy, it felt like I was crossing the border, actually.”
Later on Friday, Trump tweeted his followers, condemning the incident and its perpetrators.
“The ‘protesters’ in California were thugs and criminals,” the 69-year-old posted on Twitter, The Hillreports. “Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!”
In addition to the commotion that forced Trump’s motorcade to park on the median before entering the convention, violent protesters initiated several physical altercations with police by shoving officers — who fought them back with their batons. Across two counties in Northern California, roughly 200 officers were reportedly mobilized to counter the threats.
Prior to the shrewd businessman’s arrival at the airport south of San Francisco, raucous crowds were heard shouting outside of the hotel in Burlington.
“When black lives are under attack, stand up — take America back!” demonstrators yelled against Trump. “Aqui estamos y no nos vamos,” (translated from Spanish “We’re here and we’re not going”).
At another rally on Thursday in Southern California’s Orange County, about 20 people were arrested, with some reporting minor injuries, as protesters clashed with Trump’s supporters.
A Republican and Democratic response denouncing violence
Condemning the violence along Trump’s campaign trail, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) outlined two main problems he had with violence at the leading Republican candidate’s rallies.
“First, there’s obviously an effort by some on the Left to shut down these rallies and to stir unrest,” Ryan told the local WRJN radio station in Wisconsin after an earlier militant protest demonstration forced Trump to cancel his rally in Chicago, according to Politico. “We should never condone that. We have a long history of peaceful protest, but creating this kind of drama isn’t good for anybody, and it’s unacceptable.”
However, Ryan also seemed to allude that Trump’s approach to his campaign is too antagonistic.
“Look, people are angry — people have looked at the last seven years, and they are understandably very anxious, very upset and hurting. ” continued Ryan, who has often criticized the presidential frontrunner. “But the solution isn’t to call names. It isn’t to stoke anger for political gain.”
On the other end of the political spectrum, Steve Austin, a bus driver and supporter of the self-proclaimed socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), condemned the violent demonstration that shut down Trump’s Chicago rally earlier, mentioning that his favored Democratic candidate should denounce it, as well.
“It disturbs me that Sanders supporters would be involved in that,” Austin expressed, according to MSNBC.com. “I want Trump to shut up as much as anyone else, but he has a right to speak.”
The Leftist voter also maintained that Sanders’ campaign platform — which champions peace and inclusiveness — runs in direct contrast to the turbulent protests allegedly held in the liberal Senator’s name.
“It’s the antithesis of what Sanders stands for,” Austin added.
Another backer attending one of the socialist’s rallies also condemned the protests designed to silence Trump’s free speech.
“We shouldn’t impede on anyone’s First Amendment rights,” Kyle Eads, a Democrat, asserted.
No responsibility, no condemnation
Despite the call of many to condemn the violence and free speech-crushing riots and protests — many of which have reportedly been staged by Sanders supporters — the underdog Democratic presidential candidate would not claim any responsibility for the raucous demonstrations or denounce the violence waged against Trump.
Some attribute the motivations of Sanders supporters to his proud involvement as a youth activist during the Civil Rights movement — a time in his life that he champions when campaigning for the votes of African Americans. In order to highlight his history of civil disobedience, Sanders ran two television ads featuring a picture of himself getting arrested and dragged by police as a young protester.
Seemingly stoking the fire for unrest and continued protests, Sanders appeared to not take a clear stance when addressing whether his supporters should promote or denounce the turbulent anti-Trump demonstrations. He went as far as to express appreciation for his adherents’ staging of opposition to Trump’s rally in Chicago a couple weeks ago, calling the business mogul a “pathological liar” for implying his involvement.
The Vermont Senator went as far as to blame Trump for the violence waged against his conservative campaign.
“Obviously, while I appreciate that we had supporters at Trump’s rally in Chicago, our campaign did not organize the protests,” Sanders insisted, according to MSNBC. “What caused the violence at Trump’s rally is a campaign whose words and actions have encouraged it on the part of his supporters.”
To further justify the violence of Democrats, the 74-year-old candidate brought up times when Trump spoke out about venting his frustration against raucous demonstrators who tried to break up and disrupt his rallies.
“He recently said of a protester, ‘I want to punch him in the face,’” Sanders pointed out. “Another time, Trump yearned for the old days when the protester would have been punched and ‘carried out on a stretcher.’”
Sanders then resurfaced an allegation made earlier this year against Trump’s campaign, in in an apparent attempt to justify violence by his supporters and other Leftists at the Republican’s rallies — implying that he deserves what he gets.
“Then, just a few days ago, a female reporter apparently was assaulted by his campaign manager,” the Democratic contender for the White House continued. “When that is what the Trump campaign is doing, we should not be surprised that there is a response.”
Fueling the rage
Sanders’ sentiments on the anti-Trump protests seemed to be reflected at his rally last month at Ohio State University, where supporters voiced the message that the 69-year-old GOP competitor for the Oval Office is bigoted, wrong and dangerous.
Many in the crowd of the socialist’s supporters agreed that Trump’s “extremism” justifies a dramatic response by Democrats across the nation.
“It’s what he deserves,” exclaimed a headscarf-wearing Ohio State University student, Farida Moalim, in regards to the shutdown of Trump’s Chicago rally. “If you have a right to make your whole entire campaign about hatred and bigotry, then people have a right to protest.”
Another local student and backer of Sanders argued that he stands in total support of taking over Trump events, asserting that he looks forward to seeing more takeovers in the future. When asked what he’d do if Trump sent his supporters to break up Sanders’ rallies, he appeared anxious to jump into the fray.
“We’d be ready,” 18-year-old Christian Goodknight insisted. “There’d be a pretty big commotion.”
One high school senior at the Sanders rallies expressed that she was proud of how her fellow supporters have taken a bold stand against Trump in Chicago and at his other rallies throughout the country.
“Sometimes, you just have to make a statement,” Archanaa Lingan expressed about Democrats forcefully opposing Trump at his rallies. “I think Trump is inciting violence — no one else is.”
There were more reports of another riot on Sunday outside a Trump rally in California, but the vocal GOP presidential frontrunning candidate dismissed the claims, focusing his attention on Sanders’ questioning of his rival Hillary Clinton’s qualifications to lead the country — an assertion Trump says is aiding his campaign for the White House.
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