Businessman and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has had to deal with something that the remaining two other Republicans haven’t: individuals who are being paid to protest and commit violent acts at his rallies. Donald Trump does not condone violence at his rallies whatsoever, and any attendee who acts in an aggressive fashion inside a Trump event is always escorted out by security and police officers. This was also true during Trump’s visit to the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
One white protester who was wearing a hat reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan was kicked and punched by an attendee as he was being escorted from the building by event security. The man who was doing the kicking and punching was taken quickly into custody. The Rolling Stone magazine reported that Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski grabbed the collar of a protester, but the Trump campaign issued a rebuttal of that report this morning, which read:
“Corey Lewandowski was speaking with a protestor at today’s rally in Tucson, Arizona, when the individual he was speaking with was pulled from behind by the man to Lewandowski’s left,” the campaign said in the statement. “The video clearly shows the protester reacting to the man who pulled him, not to Mr. Lewandowski. Mr. Trump does not condone violence at his rallies, which are private events paid for by the campaign.”
Three major left wing organizations are involved in paying protesters to commit acts of violence and intimidation against Trump supporters. These three organizations are:
1.Black Lives Matter
2.National Council of La Raza
While it is true that you will find some ordinary no-affiliation protesters (just community members, including some associated with the Occupy Tucson protest) protesting Trump, the vast majority of the protesters committing acts of intimidation and violence against Trump’s supporters happened to be paid staff of the three organizations listed above.
Most of Bernie Sanders supporters who have attended Trump protest rallies have been violent, and have committed intimidating acts against Trump’s supporters. Trump speculated that Sanders is sending paid staff to infiltrate Trump rallies and attempt to interrupt Donald Trump when he is speaking, according to the Trump campaign.
But if these individuals are not able to get tickets to a Trump rally, they simply travel to the rally location, and attempt to interfere with access to the rally by any and all means. For example, on Saturday, protesters blocked the main road to the campaign appearance Trump was making in Fountain Hills, Arizona at the community center there. Protesters parked vehicles on the roadway and chained themselves to these vehicles, blocking traffic and interfering with Trump supporters exercising their rights to peaceably assemble together, until law enforcement arrived, unchained the protesters, and towed the cars off. Three protesters were arrested by local police.
Later in the day, when Trump was attending a campaign rally at the Tucson Convention Center, in Tucson, Arizona, members of the three radical left wing organizations listed above did attempt to intimidate Trump’s supporters by forcing eventgoers to walk through a gauntlet of protesters, shouting obscenties and threats at supporters, shoving supporters with elbows, and generally attempting to get Trump’s supporters to respond in the same way. Then, when the rally was over, once again protesters were throwing elbows at Trump supporters and, again, shouting obscenities and threats towards any Trump supporter who happened to be nearby.
While law enforcement at the Fountain Hills rally was able to provide a safe environment for rally attendees, local law enforcement in Tucson were outmanned, and remained that way, at times, allowing protesters to commit the actions written of here without any penalty. Protesters were allowed to get within inches of Trump’s supporters, many of them intentionally screaming into the ears of the Trump faithful words that cannot be published here.
Democrats and their supporters of course have no problem trying to trample on the free speech rights of those they don’t agree with. At the rally in Tucson yesterday, law enforcement did not make any active effort to keep the protesters and the supporters apart so the event could be completely non-violent.
Given the fact that the police force in Tucson has a lot of Hispanic officers, it was very obvious that Donald Trump’s supporters were not going to be given any respect. The threats by themselves hung in the air over the convention center like a San Francisco fog.
It should be an embarrassment to the City of Tucson that it allowed a small group of protesters to interfere with the constitutional rights of over 2,500 people who were delayed from entering the convention center; some had to wait as long as 90 minutes as protesters were allowed to determine the flow of people into the convention center. Protesters were permitted to form two lines on either side of the entrance, and between those lines of protesters were Trump supporters, forced to be in this single file line, who were elbowed and assaulted verbally, and in some cases, the protesters were within inches of supporters’ faces screaming at them. Why the protesters were allowed to mill around both the entrance and the exit to the convention center is beyond me. There is no reason why protesters could not have protested in a location away from the entrance and exits of the convention center.
The lazy attitude of the Tucson Police Department (TPD) towards the safety of rally attendees is just shocking. The way the whole thing played out it looked like protesters were running the entrance and the exit of the facility, and that officers were allowing it to happen.
While representatives from the TPD’s public information office are not available as of press time, we intend to follow through and attempt to get their side of the story. Should the TPD wish to discuss the matter, we are happy to publish their remarks.
Were you at the rally at the convention center on Saturday afternoon, March 19, 2016? Did any protesters intentionally make contact with you? What about all the obscenties? In what ways were you affected by the out of control protesters?
Your input and opinions are very important to us. If you were at the event, tell us what happened to you; how was your experience. Your comments matter, we want to hear from you!