Presidential candidate Donald Trump claims he’s the nation’s great unifier, but his racially incendiary rhetoric often leads to violence at his overflow rallies.
Trump, at his core, is a bully whose us-against-them narrative encourages his blue-collar supporters to rough up anyone who disagrees with him. The victims of physical harassment at Trump’s rallies are disproportionately Black.
From the podium, Trump says he would like to “punch” protestors at his rallies and that he would consider paying legal fees for John McGraw, 78, who was arrested for sucker-punching a Black protester, Rakeem Jones, 26, during a Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina last week.
“But I want to see. The man got carried away, he was 78 years old, he obviously loves his country, and maybe he doesn’t like seeing what’s happening to the country,” Trump said.
Trump is on the wrong side of so many issues. He was forced to cancel one of his rallies over the weekend after protestors of all racial backgrounds jammed into the arena where Trump was scheduled to speak at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion.
When one African-American protester was escorted out before the event started, some shouted, “Let him stay!”
The cancellation led to a raucous all-out brawl: fights between Trump supporters and Trump protestors. It was a sad sight.
We’re living in an era where Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, has whipped his electorate into a racial frenzy. He’s called Mexicans “rapists,” falsely claiming that all Muslims “hate” Americans and vowed to build a wall to keep immigrants out of the United States, although he says he’d allow “the good ones” to stay.
His speeches have led to white supremacist groups, like the KKK, reportedly using Trump’s image to recruit members to their racist organizations.
And the tension is escalating.
Last week, at a Trump rally in North Carolina, McGraw was caught on video sucker-punching Jones. The incident happened in front of police and McGraw was arrested and charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
But Jones was escorted out of the rally and McGraw was allowed to stay. Some whites reportedly shouted racial epithets at Jones after McGraw punched him in the face.