Protesters clashed with supporters of Donald Trump after he gave a speech in Utah on Friday, ending a day full of presidential candidate appearances that also saw Mitt Romney intensifying his criticism of the GOP front-runner.
Hundreds of people chanted "Dump Trump" and "Mr. Hate Out of Our State" as police in riot gear blocked the entrance to the Salt Lake City building, after protesters tried to rush the door and got into dozens of screaming matches with Trump supporters who didn't make into the venue.
Trump said he loves Mormons in his first public appearance of the campaign in Utah. He had critical words, though, for former presidential candidate and Utah resident Mitt Romney, who said he was supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the state's upcoming caucuses.
"Are you sure he's a Mormon? Are we sure?" he jokingly asked his crowd at the Infinity Event Center.
For those who thought that perhaps the anger and violence would cool down, and that Trump had learned his lesson after Chicago, uh nope.
In fact there are signs that it is only going to ratchet up even more.
Courtesy of Politico:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County is relishing the opportunity to host Donald Trump at a rally on his own turf Saturday — and serve as the muscle at the same time.
“Here I’m gonna be kinda wearing two hats — in charge of the security there in the town and also participating, I would imagine, with Trump in the rally, so it makes it interesting,” Arpaio said in an interview with POLITICO, adding that it “is going to be a lot of fun taking care of business there.”
Arpaio, who officially endorsed Trump back in January, said that he’s expecting protests at Saturday’s event. But the 83-year-old sheriff who has repeatedly been accused of racial profiling Hispanic residents says Trump’s clashes pale in comparison to his own.
“I’ve had demonstrations against me constantly,” he said. “He hasn’t had that many demonstrators compared to me.”
Earlier today protesters blocked a road leading to the Trump rally in Arizona. And true to his word Arpaio had some of them arrested.
I seriously doubt this will discourage protesters in the future however. In fact I would imagine that their numbers will only increase.
During that speech in Arizona today Donald Trump had this to say:
“We’re going to win with our Second Amendment,” he said as the crowd cheered. “We’re gonna win big league with our Second Amendment!”
Yes, that should do tons to tamp down the violence.
Personally I think we can predict with some certainty that there will be a fatality at a Trump rally. The only question is where will it happen, and will it be inside or outside the venue?
Currently half the country sees "fascist undertones" in Donald Trump's campaign.
And my response to that is, "Really, only half?"