GOP candidate Trump calls off rally due to security concerns

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  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    March 13, 2016 3:20 a.m.

    Looks like DT was a lot more in control of his impulsiveness this past debate. I think his wife and campaign's senior staff have been talking to him to tone it down just a notch. No matter what the end result is going to be, if half of the GOP actually ended up not showing vote for the eventual nominee, the they better not be belly aching if they don't win the White House. Why not cast your ballot and if your favorite candidate takes the POTUS's job or not, at least you know that you did your part in doing your civic duty.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    March 12, 2016 3:13 p.m.

    Thid Barker
    Victor, ID

    "Let me get this straight! Trump is to blame for causing liberals to be violent?"

    What in your mind is a liberal? You say you like Rafael Cruz, right? Do you consider anyone Left of the "true conservative" a liberal? What about all the other political ideologies involved. There could be people who support the other candidates. There could be anarchists. There could be socialists or communists. Even facists.

    The violence comes from the Trump supporters in the audience. Some (not all) protesters make more overt attempts at disruption, but the police and security personnel will handle those people. There is no place for shoving, pushing, hitting, kicking, or taking down a protester.

    As for Trump, he likes to instigate and encourage his audience to such action. In his first few rallies, I thought the "protesters" were a plant just to excite the crowd. The reactions were relatively peaceful and security quickly moved in to handle the situation. But later they became more violent as supporters took action and security stood back. Then I realized that a change had taken place in the show. Trump became more aggressive in his remarks.

  • 1st avenue New York, NY
    March 12, 2016 10:44 a.m.

    @thid and worf
    Trump is responsible for his calls for violance, his supporters and those that oppose him that have turned towards violance are responsible for thier actions. It is not either or it is both. First amendment rights have never extended to in sighting violance a line clearly crossed by trump.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 12, 2016 9:56 a.m.

    Let me get this straight! Trump is to blame for causing liberals to be violent? I get it now! Its best not to speak if you might enrage liberals! I wonder why conservatives who don't agree with Hillary don't start fights and shout her down at her rallies? We are beginning to see what liberalism produces aren't we?

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2016 8:36 a.m.

    @Thid Barker
    "I am not a Trump supporter but I can't recall him ever stoking any fires for violence or supressing free speech."

    He said just yesterday morning that people need to "hit back" at protesters more. There were several quotes of his brought up in the debate that are along the same theme. He said he'd promise to pay the legal fees of anyone who got in trouble for hitting protesters (guess he didn't keep that "promise" after the sucker-punch incident a few days ago). He told security in Burlington, Vermont to throw the protester out and take his coat (it was about 10F outside at the time).

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 12, 2016 8:23 a.m.

    @worf
    Same place as Trump. Home watching a civil discussion between candidates instead of the vile, racist and violent rallies we are all being subjected to now.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 12, 2016 8:11 a.m.

    Trump was spoken to in the only language he knows last night. And, although he denies it in his reality, he is entirely responsible for it happening.
    at the end of the day, it'll be interesting to see what the anger he's stoked does when President Clinton is sworn in to office.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 12, 2016 8:11 a.m.

    Finally! Trump's, racist, insulting, demeaning remarks and lies are coming back to haunt him. The most divisive candidate since George Wallace. The American people are going to do what the GOP can't- shut him down.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 12, 2016 8:10 a.m.

    The authorities in Chicago had things under control, and indicted their ability to handle any protests. But, because he knew he would face people who opposed him, and who were protesting the balderdash he promulgated at every opportunity, Trump (fearing opposition and criticism) chose to tuck his tail between his legs and whine and run away. And this is someone who wants to be the president? I cringe at the idea of him trying that in international negotiation.

    Personally, I find it easy to believe that Trump orchestrated the whole controversy, so he didn't have to face opposition (including but not limited to, in the past, his demand for removal of any peaceful protestors including the woman who did nothing but wear a hijab to a meeting, his demand for removal of anyone who contested him, and his "wish", expressed in a rally in Fayetteville, NC, that someone would bash a protestor in the nose and Donald would pay any defense costs). Donald was (and is) clearly of a mind to deny anyone who didn't support him their rights to assemble and protest.

    No Thanks! We don't need him. In his own words -- Donald, You're Fired!

  • essence Ivins, UT
    March 12, 2016 7:36 a.m.

    Yes! I have clearly heard Trump stoking the fires that have led to these events at his rallies. Difficult as it is to watch this man, I do watch the footage of him at his events and the comments he's made. His actions at debates have also been despicable. This quote from the article that references what Trump said, "...the anger on display in Chicago wasn't directed at him or his campaign, but rather was a manifestation of the public's deep frustration with economic conditions in the country" shows he's either lying or out of touch with reality.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    March 12, 2016 7:18 a.m.

    @Thid Barker: "I am not a Trump supporter but I can't recall him ever stoking any fires for violence or supressing free speech."

    Just watched a collection of clips of Trump at rallies calling for protesters to be ejected, openly saying they should be roughed up, promising to pay legal bills for his supporters if they're charged with assault, calling for a return to the "good old days" when "those people" could be beat up by "real Americans" without fear of legal consequences.

    This was Trump, on stage, uncut, calling for violence.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 12, 2016 4:59 a.m.

    Hey Thid Barker -

    "I am not a Trump supporter but I can't recall him ever stoking any fires for violence or suppressing free speech. Can you? "

    Well then, you need to pay attention.

    When Trump supporters punch protesters in the face to get them to shut up, that's suppressing free speech, don't you think? What would you call it?

    Trump himself is the inspiration for the illegal, free-speech-suppressing behavior of his poorly educated supporters.

    'I'd like to punch him in the face" - Donald Trump

    "I love the poorly educated." - Donald Trump

    Trump's decision to cut and run was probably the right thing, don't you think?

    ". . . the floodgates of hate, vitriol, fear, disrespect and obstructionism, go back several years, and very likey had it's birth that fateful morning in 2007 when speaker of the house McConnell made the statement "it is our goal to see that Mr. Obama is a one term president'!

    No . . . It goes back to the day when the Reagan administration eliminated the Fairness Doctrine (look it up), thereby giving Right Wing lies free rein to propagate unchecked and pollute the minds of gullible Americans.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    March 12, 2016 4:58 a.m.

    @ Tolstoy

    "It sounds like for all his bluster and tough talk just like any other bully when he does not have overwhelming odds he backs down and Runs away..."

    Agreed. IMO, he also needs these rallies to be a love fest of The Donald and protesters tend to kill the vibe. LOL!

    Mr. Trump cares not one whit about uniting this country. And for a guy who supposedly tells it like it is, he's reliably PC when it comes to taking responsibility for his own actions. "Who, me?" Nope. Always someone else's fault. Incapable of seeing his own part. What a guy!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 12, 2016 1:15 a.m.

    @Tolstoy,

    Please don't make Trump, or anyone else, responsible for people behavior.

    People are responsible for their own actions.

    Mr Trump, through his own talents, has provided tens of thousands jobs for the American people. No matter anyone spins this, it's true.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 12, 2016 12:53 a.m.

    Where were these protesters four years ago?

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    March 12, 2016 12:42 a.m.

    Thid Barker
    Victor, ID

    "I am not a Trump supporter but I can't recall him ever stoking any fires for violence or supressing free speech."

    You've never watched a Trump rally? You've never heard him make offensive and inciting comments about how he'd like to punch someone in the face, how a protester should have been carried out of the room, and the blatant disregard for protesters safety and how his supporters bully, push, and strike out?

    So, where have you been? Perhaps we can assume since you are not a Trump supporter, you do not watch Trump rallies? The whole Republican establishment is upset with Trump's incendiary speech at provoking confrontation and urging his supporters to take action. It's like a rally with Brown Shirts again roughing up unwanted protesters.

    Any person acting in a confrontational way, ready to fight any person they don't like including protesters and supporters is wrong. Peaceful protest needs to be the order of the day. And Trump needs to caution his supporters to be civil and not engage in violent behavior. Any misbehavior among protesters can be dealt with immediately by police and security people.

  • common sense in Idaho Pocatello, id
    March 11, 2016 11:08 p.m.

    Come now Third Barker have you not seen any clips of Trump at the pulpit telling his supporters to punch out protestors? Look it up man. It's been happening for months. And these were not protestors who were violent by any stretch of the word. In one case there was a woman standing silently protesting who was kicked and thrown to the ground. Trump has stated at rallies that he would personally like to beat up protestors. Last night at a rally as protestors were being led out an African-American was cold-cocked at point blank range by a Trump supporter who said next time he would kill him. Trump didn't condemn that, he just said he couldn't do anything about it. Did he say that it was wrong and that sort of violance wouldn't be tolerated. Nope.

    Everyone is entitled to free speech here. The rally should have absolutely proceeded as it was planned. But the protestors also had every right to be there. Violance should have had no part on either side. But to say that Trump is completely blameless. Not hardly.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 11, 2016 11:00 p.m.

    @thid
    He has made numerous comments about using violance against protestors and has offered to pay the legal fees of anyone that gets arrested for doing so. He has also stated on a few occasions that he would restrict the medians free speech right and make it easier to sue them if the made negative comments about him. I find it hard to believe claims that you have never heard of these statements given his 24 7 coverage.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 11, 2016 10:48 p.m.

    So reports coming from Chicago say that the arena was pretty evenly split between pro Trump and anti Trumo supporters and tha the police told Trump that the situation was managed and that thre was no need to cancel the rally. Trumps campaign backed out anyway which lead to some limited violance and larger protest. It sounds like for all his bluster and tough talk just like any other bully when he does not have overwhelming odds he backs down and Runs away (remember trump "skipping" the debate after Mehan Kelly stood her ground?) I see a common pattern developing here.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 11, 2016 10:25 p.m.

    @ Tolstoy: I am not a Trump supporter but I can't recall him ever stoking any fires for violence or supressing free speech. Can you? Those purpetrating the violence and supressing free speech is obvious, many of the protestors were arrested for assualt! That's why Trump was forced to cancel his speach to the cheers of those really oppose freedom. These are NOT the greatest Americans! Great Americans do not behave that way!

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 11, 2016 10:05 p.m.

    @thid baker
    Violance and threats of violance are never alright, however it is hard to buy Trump as a victim when he has been stoking the fires of violance within his own ranks for months and stated he would move to restrict free speech of anyone that opposed him if elected.

  • RC in WJ WEST JORDAN, UT
    March 11, 2016 9:52 p.m.

    I watched the spectacle of the Trump cancelled rally on tv tonight, and thoght, how on earth did we ever get to this point in American Politics! I discussed it with friends over dinner and after alot of input, thought and discussion we being both conservative and liberal came to the conclusion that the floodgates of hate, vitriol, fear, disrespect and obstructionism, go back several years, and very likey had it's birth that fateful morning in 2007 when speaker of the house McConnell made the statement "it is our goal to see that Mr. Obama is a one term president"!

    How better would it have been had he said something to the affect "We did our best, and we lost the election, the majority has spoken, it is now time to work to unite the country"!

    The Republicans spawned Trump, they groomed the playing field and now they own Trump. I am a lifelong conservative, but I cannot claim the party that is supposed to be representing conservatives. It is far from the conservative party that I once knew and was proud of!

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 11, 2016 9:47 p.m.

    Free speech is only for liberals in America! So sad! All others need not apply!

  • stevan madrigal murray, UT
    March 11, 2016 8:43 p.m.

    Chicago.
    1968.
    The whole world's watching.