St. Louis event for Trump erupts into violence
Violence is continuing to be an issue at rallies for GOP candidate Donald Trump, after a riot broke out at his event in St. Louis last week. The clash between Trump supporters and demonstrators resulted in 32 different arrests inside and outside of the venue, as well as one person charged with assault.
A large amount of protesters and Trump fans made an appearance at the rally, dispersing the array of opinions in St. Louis. At one end, one could point out a various amount of Anti-Trump signs and references, while Trump fans would also be trashing Black Lives Matter, defending racism as a natural human instinct.
The event was filled with chanting, pushing, shoving, shouting, and name-calling, as different groups fought to be heard. Disturbing videos and photos of brutality and unrest flooded social media after the event.
The violence ensued, eventually causing Trump to postpone the rally in Chicago. Trump included follow-up statements, telling CNN:
“You can’t even have a rally in a major city in this country anymore without violence or potential violence. And I didn’t want to see the real violence, and that’s why we called it off.”
He also stated to FOX:
“I don’t use hate speech … There’s tremendous division in our country. I’ve seen it, I’m watching it, I’ve been witness to it, and something has to be done.”
The Republican Presidential candidate made firm statements labeling the anti-Trump protesters as “troublemakers,” ordering them to “go home to mommy” or “get a job” because “they contribute nothing.” Trump added that he felt as though he had no responsibility for the violence that took place and distastefully expressed his opinion of the matter by stating that the violent protests serve as “adding to the flavor.”
Disturbance and destructiveness seems to follow Trump wherever he goes, and hopefully these acts will help the public decide the right choice to make before the March 15 contests.
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