Last night the news was all about Donald Trump canceling a yuge campaign rally amid fierce confrontations between Trump supporters and Trump protesters as thousands protested outside the University of Illinois’ Chicago Pavilion arena Friday and hundreds of other protesters infiltrated the rally. As the New York Times reports, Sen. Ted Cruz put the responsibility right where it belongs saying “protesters who took violence into their own hands” were responsible for the episode but Donald Trump bore responsibility for “creating an environment” that encourages violence at his events:
Cruz went on to predict that future skirmishes were likely, and invoked the protests and violent police run-ins at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago saying, “When the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence, to punch people in the face, the predictable consequence of that is that it escalates, and today is unlikely to be the last such instance.” I’m old enough to remember watching the police battle the protesters in the streets in clouds of tear gas as part of the news coverage of 1968 Democratic National Convention. We surely don’t want that at the 2016 Republican National Convention. :
“There’s no doubt that a candidate bears responsibility for the culture that is set from the top and you know, my approach, listen, it comes from how you view the voters,” Cruz told radio host Hugh Hewitt late Friday:
As Cruz put it that’s reflective of a candidate who views the voters with respect, not as potential subjects for a monarch.
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