March 12, 2016

SEE, HERE’S THE THING — THE FACT THAT TRUMP IS “PROVOCATIVE” DOESN’T EXCUSE SHUTTING DOWN HIS RALLIES BY FORCE: Conservatives align with Black Lives Matter in rush to find blame for Chicago protests. “There was one thing which all of the coverage on cable news and social media had in common immediately last night and it was still carrying on when I grabbed some coffee and flipped on CNN this morning. This must all be Trump’s fault. (The fact that he never even showed up at the rally seems to be irrelevant to our sage observers.) The basis for this conclusion was that it was his previous rhetoric that led to the massive violence in the campus hall and out on the streets.”

I’m disappointed to see people’s eagerness to stop Trump causing them to forget, or ignore, this basic American principle: Offensive speech doesn’t justify violence. And here’s a hint for those throwing stones: “He made me feel bad so I had to burn down his house” is the essence of fascism.

Exit question: Since MoveOn has been so public about taking credit, will the famously litigious Trump sue them for conspiring to deprive him of his civil rights? Because I would, and the discovery would be fascinating.

UPDATE: Trump: Chicago protesters can be traced back to Sanders.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday blamed Bernie Sanders supporters for the massive protests that forced him to cancel a campaign rally in Chicago the night before.

Trump said his supporters at the rally “caused no problem.”

“They were taunted, they were harassed by these other people — by the way, some represented Bernie, our communist friend,” Trump said, drawing loud boos from the Dayton, Ohio, crowd.

“With Bernie, he should really get up and say to his people, ‘stop, stop.’ Not me.”

Secret Service agents rushed onstage to protect Trump late in his speech when it appeared that someone was attempting to rush the stage.

“I was ready for him, but it’s much easier if the cops do it,” he said after the situation died down.

Trump slammed his critics who said that he should take responsibility for the unrest at his rallies and tell his supporters to be nicer.

“My people are nice, folks. My people are great,” he said.

Trump also blamed President Obama for dividing Americans along racial and partisan lines, and encouraged people to come together.

Stay tuned.