Today businessman Donald Trump held campaign rallies in Dayton and Cleveland, Ohio. During his campaign appearance in Dayton, the Republican candidate was for a short time surrounded by law enforcement when it was believed that a person had attempted to breach event security. The campaign stops in Ohio are designed to bolster his turnout on Tuesday when Ohio voters go to the polls to vote in the state’s Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. Gone and forgotten about was the protesters and the violence that surrounded his events in St. Louis, MO, and Chicago, IL on Friday, replaced by cheering Trump supporters of all age groups, races, and economic backgrounds. At the University of Illinois at Chicago Friday, students and radicalized troublemakers set out to create an atmosphere that was tense, threatening, and unsafe for those who wanted to see the Republican frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
In Cleveland, Trump ripped into Ohio Governor John Kasich, protesters at his recent events, and the media as he laid out his message today to a crowd estimated to be approximately 25,000 supporters. There were protesters to be sure, but signs with sticks and clothing containing sexist, racist content were refused at the door. Before the rally began, an announcement was made to the crowd that the event was a private event paid for by Donald Trump, a peaceful one, and to be respectful to protesters. Before Trump arrived on stage, several protesters were escorted out of the IX Center. The presence of law enforcement in large numbers helped to keep the rally a generally peaceful event, but several protesters did try to interrupt Trump’s stump speech. They were quickly and calmly removed from the event by law enforcement and security personnel.
Protesters sought out media representatives early to get their faces on television and their words in print, but the size of the crowd in support of Trump had some protesters thinking twice about getting thrown out of the event. There were several heated discussions between Trump supporters and protesters, but none of these interactions turned to violence.
No violence at a Trump rally! In Cleveland, Ohio of all places! Both rallies today combined to present hundreds of protesters who were roundly silenced by the number of Trump supporters. The entire rally from Cleveland is available on video HERE. By the time that Trump stopped speaking, it was safe to say that the vast majority of supporters have forgotten what happened yesterday when dozens of protesters were arrested and a safety scare led Trump to cancel a rally for Friday night in Chicago.
Trump came out against Kasich forcefully, accusing him of destroying the coal industry, saying he is weak on immigration, among several complaints. Additionally, Trump called out Kasich on his support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Voters in Ohio go to the polls on Tuesday, March 15th to select Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in the state’s combined presidential primary. Voters in Ohio can learn where to vote by clicking HERE.