As Rachel Maddow reported last night, the Chicago Police Department never advised reality show star Donald Trump to postpone his rally in Chicago.
CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that the department never told the Trump campaign there was a security threat at the University of Illinois at Chicago venue. He said the department had sufficient manpower on the scene to handle any situation.
Guglielmi says the university’s police department also did not recommend that Trump call off the event. He says the decision was made “independently” by the campaign.
But Trump told Chris Matthews that he made the decision after talking to law enforcement “and in conjunction with law enforcement.” It’s in his press release:
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“We have a country that’s so divided that maybe even you don’t understand it,” Trump told Matthews, whining that “You can’t even have a rally in a major city in this country anymore.” Never mind that he did all the dividing.
Speaking later to Sean Hannity on his Fox News show, Trump complained to Hannity that his free speech had been violated.
Further engrossing the persecution narrative, Trump told Hannity that the Secret Service had advised him to appear by phone instead of on camera. That seems quite unlikely, as the Secret Service does not handle public relations decisions for presidential candidates.
In fact, Media outlets have received criticism for letting Trump take interviews by phone. He’s fanning the flames of paranoia to distract from a weakness.
Ugly scenes have erupted at Trump events in recent months, but the tension level has risen considerably over the last week. After a victory speech on Tuesday evening, Trump’s campaign manager roughly handled a Breitbart reporter. On Wednesday, a protester was assaulted by a rally attendee who bragged about the act; he was later charged with assault.
Trump has been a primary instigator the whole time, openly inviting violence and growing ever more belligerent.
A simpering Hannity absurdly claimed that there has been no violence at Trump rallies.
Given his incendiary rhetoric and support from white power groups, one wonders what sort of crowd Trump expected to draw in the West Side of Chicago — or in tense St. Louis, where scuffles also broke out yesterday during a separate event.
In other words, Trump has encouraged the violence, scheduled rallies at locations that were sure to draw a heavy protest presence, and then called the biggest one off at the last minute with hundreds of protesters already inside the building.
But nobody told him to do that, or even suggested he should. Not even the protesters.
There are two explanations for Trump’s decision that make sense and are not paranoid.
The first is that he chickened out. Upon learning that he would spend the whole evening yelling “Get ’em outta here!,” a tired Trump decided that he would rather not play to a madhouse. This would be a perfectly rational ‘low energy’ decision, in which case his weak cover story is a bully’s fabrication. What seems to be Trump’s strength — whipping up excitement and controversy — may actually conceal a deep flaw in Trump, who regularly fails at spectacular ventures (Trump Mortgage, Trump University, Trump Steaks, Trump marriages, etc).
The second, more disturbing explanation is that Trump took a page from Benito Mussolini. First, he raised expectations of violence, then deplored the resulting violence; now he promises to resolve all this chaos if we make him president. See how that works?
Watch Maddow call out Trump via CrooksandLiars.com:
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