Is Donald Trump the New George Wallace?
From protesters getting sucker-punched by Trump rallygoers to reporters getting manhandled, to the chaos and mayhem going on in Chicago Friday evening, to a Breitbart reporter, Michelle Fields, being physically assaulted by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, things are getting out of control and leading towards violence in such a way that it is reminiscent of the George Wallace presidential candidacy.
The question is, to what degree does the ugliness and vile hatred brewing rest on the shoulders, or in this case the mouth, of bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump.
Back in August of last year, Black Lives Matter protesters took over the stage — and the microphone — of a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle, effectively shutting down the event.
Donald Trump responded to the situation:
“That will never happen with me. I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself, or if other people will.”
Setting aside that Trump just essentially gave up his microphone and stage to protesters, cancelling his planned event on Friday evening in Chicago, that wasn’t the only time Trump provoked protesters and insinuated violence was the answer at his rallies.
In November of last year, after a protester was roughed up at a Trump rally, he commented:
“Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
Last month, Donald Trump, standing at the microphone before a campaign rally, instructed his security apparatchiks to “knock the hell out of” protesters, announcing it to the crowd causing loud cheers:
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them. Just knock the hell out of them. I promise you, I will pay the legal fees.”
If that is not considered violence, perhaps this would be. In the same speech, Trump remembered the good old days when protesters were taken out in “stretchers”:
“I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.”
The comparisons between Donald Trump and George Wallace, while not perfect, do hold at least some semblance, at least when it comes to rhetoric in dealing with protesters.
While it’s true that leftist mobs, organized by anti-American leftists like George Soros and progressive leftist groups like MoveOn.org, will take any opportunity to take down any Republican campaign event, and while it’s true that Chicago — the official headquarters of the Communist Party USA — is a hotbed of communism, it is also true that Donald Trump has enabled and perhaps unintentionally empowered the groups with his violent and incendiary rhetoric, creating an environment in which their divisive anti-American tactics thrive and prosper.
One of Donald Trump’s admitted appeals — a valuable service to America — has been his thrashing of progressive political correctness, a major scourge of America. However, that doesn’t mean that words that incite violence have no consequence or carry no impact or outcome.
Below are just a few of Trump’s statements at campaign rallies that will be — if he wins the GOP nomination — played repeatedly by Democrats to prove that Republicans are intolerant and violent thugs, which plays right into the left’s playbook.