I am watching the images of protesters shutting down Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago while listening to Trump being interviewed by Greta Van Susteren.
Naturally, my mind goes back to Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
John Roberts is reporting that the protesters (many of them Bernie Sanders & Black Lives Matters supporters) are shouting, “We won! We stopped Trump!” But that victory will be very short-lived. As much as I object to Trump, this is bound only to strengthen him with the images of angry protesters with Trump now acting like a champion for the First Amendment. Of course, Trump sees an opportunity as he told Van Susteren that far more people are watching the images on TV than would have attended the rally.
The question is will this spread to other cities. If it does it is likely to harden the resolve of Trump supporters who might be even more disposed to violence then they are now. In which case, I fear lives will be lost.
But assuming it doesn’t come to that, the students ought to bear in mind that the violence in 1968 resulted in the election of Richard Nixon.