Leftist thugs shut down a Trump rally in Chicago. No surprise. Why no surprise?
The American Left has a long – very, very long – history of thuggery and violence, in the latter case provoking it when not deliberately engaging in it themselves.
Thus I was stunned to hear the reactions of Vice President Cruz (ahem, I mean Senator Cruz), Senator Marco Rubio and Governor John Kasich to the successful attack on the First Amendment rights of Chicagoans who attended a Trump rally in the Windy City only to find it shut down by leftist thugs.
The responses from these three GOP presidential candidates went like this:
I also want to mention something about the events this evening in Chicago. This is a sad day. Political discourse should occur in this country without a threat of violence without anger and rage and hatred directed at each other. We need to learn to have disagreements without being disagreeable, to have disagreements while being respecting human beings on the other side.
Earlier today over thirty people were arrested at one rally. And then tonight as violence broke out the rally was canceled altogether. Now, the responsibility for that lies with protesters who took violence into their own hands. But in any campaign responsibility starts at the top. Any candidate is responsible for the culture of the campaign. And when you have a campaign that disrespects the voters, when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that’s facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discord.
I think that the decision should be based on public safety. But I think a campaign bears responsibility for creating an environment, when the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence–to punch people in the face. The predictable consequence of that is that it escalates and today is unlikely to be the last such instance. We earlier today in St. Louis over thirty arrested. That’s not how our politics should occur.
You know, the City of Chicago in 1968 saw some ugly days when politics descended into hatred and incivility and even violence and it is my hope that in 2016 that we can appeal to our better angels and avoid going down that road once again.
Rubio:I will say no one is blameless here. Um, perhaps … I wouldn’t say Mr. Trump is responsible for the events tonight, but he most certainly in other events has in the past used some pretty rough language, encouraging the crowd saying things like “in the good old days we used to beat these people up” or “I’ll pay your legal bills if you rough them up” so I think he bears some responsibility for the general tone of the things that were happening before…
As far as what’s happening tonight, I mean clearly this is an orchestrated effort by people, some of them are probably being paid to do this. I just think it’s sad all around.
Kasich:Donald Trump has created a toxic environment, a toxic environment that has allowed his supporters and those who sometimes seek confrontation to come together in violence. There is no place for this. There is no place for a national leader to prey on the fears of people who live in our great country.
Senators and Governor? Stop. Stop…right…there.
Can you please explain the role of Donald Trump when Occupy Wall Street engaged in violence, as here in Oakland, California when OWS vandalized the city’s historic city hall or here in Seattle when they smashed the windows of private businesses like Nike and American Apparel? Can you explain the role of Donald Trump when Black Lives Matters shut down Senator Bernie Sanders at his own rally, as seen here? And please explain the role of Donald Trump in the violence at the Democratic National Convention of 1968, and the leftist “Free Speech” movement that took over private property at the University of California-Berkeley in 1969 – the latter of which caused then-Governor Ronald Reagan to send in the California Highway Patrol and local police to contain the violence?
All of you know the answers to these questions. Not one of them had a thing to do with Donald Trump. But they had everything to do with the genetic code of the American Left – which is to say the Left is now and has always been all-too willing to provoke, incite and use violence to obtain whatever is on their agenda in the moment. As I described just last month over at The American Spectator, in 1968 the Violent Left, as I call them, was pushing it’s anti-Vietnam War agenda. In Chicago they were hurling everything from bottles to wads of documents from the upper floors of the Hilton Hotel onto the heads of the police below on the streets.