After Donald Trump’s campaign rally was shut down by protesters in Chicago, Friday, the Donald tried blaming Bernie Sanders for what he called a “planned protest,” but Sanders isn’t having it. The vastly popular, constantly dismissed-by-mainstream-media candidate replied Saturday that not only are his supporters not to blame for protesters crashing Trump rallies, but that Trump, himself, is to blame.
‘I don’t think our supporters are inciting. What our supporters are doing is responding to a candidate who has, in fact, in many ways, encouraged violence. When he talks about… “I wish we were in the old days when you could punch somebody in the head.” What do you think that says to his supporters?’
Let’s not forget about the “I’d like to punch him in the face,” comment Trump dropped at the same rally not long ago, as well. There is a reason his followers take to violence. They are appeasing their master. They do the dirty work their bigotry compels them to do anyway, but now they get to do it to honor master, who does not wish to soil himself through the act, itself. Trump has to pretend to remain dignified, but his followers don’t, so they sucker-punch those who show Trump dissent, despite it being their “God-given” right to do so.
Sanders continued in his response to Trump’s flimsy allegation:
‘So the issue now is Donald Trump has got to be loud and clear and tell his supporters that violence at rallies is not what America is about and to end it.’
Trump had said at a quick stop in Dayton, Ohio, Saturday, before quaking in the arms of Secret Service due to yet another protester in another state rushing the podium in dissent, “Some represented Bernie, our communist friend.” A campaign rally in Cincinnati that same day had already been canceled due to fears over violence, as well.
Twisting logic, Trump told the Dayton crowd:
‘You know Bernie was saying Mr. Trump should speak to his crowd. You know where they come from? Bernie’s crowd. They’re Bernie’s crowd.’
Trump takes Sanders’ words regarding Trump’s violent crowds and turns his comment toward those few anti-violent protesters in the audience at Trump rallies being beaten and dragged away. He takes the problem of violence and does a verbal slight-of-hand by turning the focus of the “trouble in Trump crowds” from being Trump’s crowds, themselves, to those “troublemakers” in the audience standing up against hate and speaking truth to power. Those soft-headed enough in Trump’s audience don’t even notice the way in which he shifts the association of “trouble” from themselves to the protesters.
Sanders certainly understand this, though.
Trump even followed up his comment with, “Get your people in line, Bernie.” In Trumpland, it is Bernie’s people standing up for what’s right that need to “get in line.” Trump and his hate-filled lambs should be left in “peace” to spew their xenophobic bile because they’re not causing trouble. They’re just beating the snot out of anyone brave enough to state publicly at a Trump rally that they think bigotry has no place in American politics.
Backing up the Sanders campaign in affirming that it had nothing to do with the protest in Chicago that shut Trump’s rally down, MoveOn.org issued a statement confirming that the organization assisted the student protesters behind the action by printing signs and recruiting participants. Perhaps Trump easily twists that into being “Bernie’s people,” still, however, considering the organization has endorsed Bernie Sanders.
MoveOn also stated, however, that such protests at Trump rallies are a “direct result of the violence that has occurred at Trump rallies and that has been repeatedly encouraged by Trump himself from the stage.”’
Meanwhile, Sanders refuses to apologize for the Saturday protest and insists there is no evidence linking his official campaign to the action. The record-breaking candidate issued a statement, Saturday, stating:
‘As is the case virtually every day, Donald Trump is showing the American people that he is a pathological liar.’
You can read more of Sanders’ response statement to Trump in the tweet below:
Bernie Sanders responds to Trump blaming him for protests. He… begs to differ. pic.twitter.com/K2Mkvvt1Kp
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) March 12, 2016
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