Trump supporters attack protesters; Chicago rally canceled

WASHINGTON, March 12 (KUNA) — Violent attacks over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stretched from Illinois to North Carolina to Kentucky this week, where the real-estate mogul’s supporters literally took aim at those protesting against him.
A rally organized by the Trump campaign in Chicago was canceled Friday after fights broke out outside the venue. Protesters, many of them Black or Hispanic, considered the decision a victory.
Meanwhile in North Carolina and Kentucky, Black hecklers and protesters were punched and pushed around by overwhelmingly white Trump supporters.
In its coverage of his bid for the White House, The Washington Post said the GOP frontrunner’s events have “become suffused with the kind of hostility and even violence that are unknown to modern presidential campaigns,” largely due to his provocative language when it comes to racial and ethnic minorities.
Trump has refused to recognize the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement, called Mexicans “rapists,” and demanded a ban on Muslims entering the United States. He has also been endorsed by a leading figure from the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan.
While he insisted during the last Republican debate that he does “not condone” violence from his supporters, Trump’s tone and rhetoric at rallies across the country tells a different story.
At a Nevada rally, Trump said of a protester, “I’d like to punch him in the face.” At another in Michigan, he told supporters to “try not to hurt” a protester, but if they did, he would “defend [them] in court.” The New York Times has suggested that the behavior of Trump supporters is a manifestation of his campaign platform.
“They’re laying bare the subtext of his speech and policies, revealing how they appear to angry white people primed and frustrated by the past century of Republican dog-whistling,” the paper said.
“It doesn’t take clairvoyance, or even tremendous mental dexterity, to see what Mr. Trump means by ‘make America great again.’ It just takes a history book. Many of us remember what America used to be like, and don’t care to go back,” it added.
Despite the controversy, the billionaire businessman remains well ahead of his rivals in the states of Ohio and Florida, where Republican delegates will be up for grabs on Tuesday, the latest CNN poll showed. (end)