I am no supporter of Donald Trump. I think he is clueless when it comes to international trade, that his view is idiotic that troops should be sent to the Middle East to fight ISIS, that his suggestion that libel laws should be expanded is authoritarian, and yet I do not believe any of these wacko positions that Trump holds justify disrupting a Trump rally.The whole damn system is guilty as hell!! #ShutItDown @JaymalGreen brings 🔥 to #TrumpRallyChi #LoveTrumpsHate pic.twitter.com/7giUjxMDiz— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) March 12, 2016
A fundamental principle of those who respect private property is that one should be free to say anything on one's own private property one chooses, and by extension, the privilege is passed on to one who rents a venue for the purpose of speaking. This is what Trump did in Chicago.
And, yet, protesters infiltrated the planned rally to disrupt it. No one who respects private property can applaud such activity, But significant organizations on the left came as close to applauding the disruption as one could come without giving it a full-throated endorsement.
Ilya Sheyman, the executive director of the George Soros-funded Moveon.org organization, issued this sly statement after the disruptions and ultimate cancelation of the event:
Mr. Trump and the Republican leaders who support him and his hate-filled rhetoric should be on notice after tonight’s events. These protests are a direct result of the violence that has occurred at Trump rallies and that has been encouraged by Trump himself from the stage. Our country is better than the shameful, dangerous, and bigoted rhetoric that has been the hallmark of the Trump campaign. To all of those who took to the streets of Chicago, we say thank you for standing up and saying enough is enough. To Donald Trump, and the GOP, we say, welcome to the general election. Trump and those who peddle hate and incite violence have no place in our politics and most certainly do not belong in the White House.
"Those who took to the streets of Chicago"? Is he serious? Does he not know that the epicenter of the confrontations was inside the rally site?
The left as we have seen recently on college campuses is in the habit of shutting down speakers that they disagree with, using physical confrontations when necessary. This type of behavior from the left should not come as a surprise since after all they are advocates of central power---with themselves being in charge of the core of the power.
Some Bernie Sanders supporters were even more approving of the disruption than Moveon.org and suggested, what Trump has claimed, that it was a planned coordinated attack. @People4Bernie sent out this tweet:
The lack of willingness by a growing number on the left to listen and debate should be pointed out to those who support Bernie Sanders and the greater left. Shutting down speech is the mark of thugs.Remember the #TrumpRally wasn't just luck. It took organizers from dozens of organizations and thousands of people to pull off. Great work.— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) March 12, 2016
Crony capitalists are evil but so are those who attempt to stop speech and discussion. Do they fear their positions are not strong enough to be won with words?
Bernie Sanders himself appears to have given a thumbs up to his supporters who took part in the Trump rally disruption:
I'm actually surprised at this. But I guess I'm being naïve. Bernie Sanders ought to be ashamed of himself. https://t.co/QU1lAGQ21o— Justin Raimondo (@JustinRaimondo) March 12, 2016