Approximately 200 protesters, many of them supporters of Democratic candidate for president, Bernie Sanders, protested outside the Inifinity Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah last night as Republican businessman and current front runner in the race for the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump spoke to a crowd numbering about 1,000. This was an important speech for Trump, as he tried to win over support for himself in Utah’s Republican presidential preference caucus.
Trump’s speech continued from beginning to end with no notable disruptions, while protesters coming into contact with Trump supporters used profanities and slogans to irritate and generally annoy the largely pro-Trump crowd outside. This particular protest really went nowhere.
Protesters attempted to storm the center’s main entrance, but were prevented from doing so by members of the Secret Service protecting Trump and local police. That happened not long before the end of Trump’s speech. After the rally had concluded, Trump’s supporters were escorted out a side entrance in order to prevent supporters from clashing with protesters, but many in the crowd headed straight to the protest to stand up for their candidate.
Salt Lake City Police announced via its Twitter page that no arrests were made during the protest. For his part, Trump finally had some peace and quiet away from protesters as he gave his stump speech. Trump hit on the important themes of his campaign such as immigration enforcement and border security, the economy, jobs, and bringing manufacturing back to the United States.
The crowd dispersed not too long after the campaign stop had officially ended, and did so peacefully. Protesters, finding that they were unable to interrupt Trump’s speech, were generally vocal, and only once sought to ignore law enforcement’s commands by attempting to rush the entrance. That attempt went absolutely nowhere as the Secret Service closed and locked the doors, leaving the protesters outside to protest among themselves.
Trump heads to Arizona for a rally this afternoon in Tucson, Arizona at the Tucson Convention Center. On this night, it was Trump 1 – Protesters 0 on the scorecard for the event. Overall, the environment inside the Infiniti Event Center was positive, uplifting, and filled with the Mormon faithful. Now, if only the rest of Trump’s appearances would go as smoothly. If that happened, the liberal writers would soon have little to write about every time that Trump speaks to a crowd.
The attempts by Sanders supporters to start violence at Trump’s campaign appearances sets a dangerous precedent for politics here in the United States. For it is the protesters that have instigated violence at Trump events, and Bernie Sanders’ campaign supporters and campaign staffers are at the heart of it. While MoveON.org, a progressive Democratic organization is contributing monetary and people assets to the Sanders campaign, it allows Hillary Clinton to remain above the fray, and at the same time makes it appear that it is Trump, and not the protesters, that have instigated violence at Trump’s events in the past.
It’s a dangerous play in an important election year. If Trump can continue to keep the protesters outside the physical boundaries of his campaign events, the number of protesters will either remain static, or will begin to diminish as we move closer to the Republican party’s nominating convention, scheduled to be held this summer in Cleveland, Ohio.
Trump needs to demand of Sanders’ campaign that he cease sending his campaign staffers to coordinate protests at Trump events. If ever there was a legal case to be made for jailing protesters in the future, this is surely the time for that. Should Sanders continue to do so, then it is time for Trump to sue Sanders for violating his first amendment rights.
Sanders and MoveOn.org are working together to sew discord and violence into campaign protesting. Such physical tactics only go and prove just how desperate the Democrats have become. The one candidate they fear is Donald Trump; and so that is why you don’t see protesters at events for Texas Senator Ted Cruz or Ohio Governor John Kasich.
You see, Trump sees a future without the existing Washington establishment. For the Democrats, if their supporters injure or kill a Trump supporter, that’s fine. Using profanity around children is another great mark of this protest movement.
Whether it be Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party, MoveOn.org, or supporters of Bernie Sanders that are creating civil unrest, the Secret Service must keep these protesters out of the physical space of Trump’s campaign events. Failing to do so makes the Secret Service appear as if they want violence and disturbances to happen at campaign rallies for Donald Trump intentionally.
Most people retain their faith in the Secret Service and local police to protect Trump’s right to peaceably assemble and to exercise his first amendment to the U.S. Constitution right to freedom of speech. No American has the right to interfere with another American’s right to support their candidate. Certainly not by sending instigators and paid, professional protesters inside crowds that come to see Donald Trump speak about making America great again.