The violence that occurred at Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago last week is actually a déjà vu experience in American politics. Back in 1968, violence erupted in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention. Demonstrators clashed outside the convention with nearly 12,000 police, 7500 Army troops, 7500 Illinois National Guardsmen and 1000 Secret Service agents over 5 days.
Protestors were marching against the very unpopular Vietnam War. Violence began on Sunday, August 25, 1968 when anti-war leaders tried to get permits from the city to sleep in Lincoln Park, but their request was denied. By Wednesday, August 29, the confrontation had escalated to include tear gas, stink bombs, fist fights and other attacks.
Now, some 48 years later, we are faced with an even worst scenario. A leading Republican presidential candidate is actually encouraging violence. Trump’s race baiting and insults against women—or anyone who disagrees with him—is a preview of how he would govern as commander-in-chief. He makes no apology for his vulgarity and refuses to tone down his violent rhetoric.
Can you imagine what the Republican Convention is going to be like? The circus-like atmosphere orchestrated by this ring leader is no laughing matter. The fact that he called his rally a “show” speaks volumes about his cavalier attitude.
But this is a real election, not Jerry Springer. Trump must be seen as the dangerous man that he really is. When he says most Mexicans are rapists and he wants to ban all Muslims, he really means it. When he tells supporters to “knock the crap” out of protestors, he means that too.
There are people who will not look beyond the hype and think for themselves. So those of us who can, must vote for a candidate who bring substance—not hype—to their campaign. The only way to stop this circus is to make sure Trump is defeated in November.
I cannot stress this enough. If you need to register to vote, please contact the Inglewood City Clerk’s Office at 310-412-5280 immediately or register online at lavote.net. The primary election is June 7. It’s time to stop laughing at Donald Trump because our future is at stake. This isn’t funny anymore.