Donald Trump, Fox News and a history of violence

Yes, I know, no one wants to talk about Trump anymore, including me, but let’s just get through this then get on with our lives.

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Last night, Trump had to postpone a rally he was holding in Chicago after protesters showed up both outside and inside the building where the rally was to take place. Not one to be out done by the pesky public who wanting to have their voice heard, Donald went straight onto Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to discuss what had happened.

In that interview, without even a smidge of irony, Trump said that his supporters and himself had had their 1st amendment rights violated. For y’all who don’t know a whole lot about the Constitution of the US, that amendment gives citizens the right to free speech, evidently not the right to protest. You know it, it’s the one before the one that allows everyone to have tonnes of guns and whatnot.

Hannity, ever the professional, was effervescent with joy at the thought of holding his very own little Trump rally on the air. Hannity described the protesters as violent agitators and the lower third of the screen throughout the show echoed that. Sean then went on to say that “ignorant journalists” had blamed the violence on Trump. Not that he’s ever said anything that could incite this type of reaction.

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Hannity used his own show as a nice little soapbox for the candidate to get out his usual talking points. The wall, Common Core, bringing back jobs from Mexico and China, the veterans, the under-appreciated police, his self-funding of his campaign, the size of his rallies. And he just sat there and let him go on, let him say everything he would have said on stage to thousands, on air to millions.

Hannity, ever the professional, was effervescent with joy at the thought of holding his very own little Trump rally on the air. Hannity described the protesters as violent agitators and the lower third of the screen throughout the show echoed that.”

During his tirade, Trump said he has been given credit by law enforcement for stopping the rally, and that he didn’t want anyone to get hurt. Presumably by “anyone” he meant his own supporters, especially after saying he wanted to punch protester in the face at a rally in Las Vegas in February.

He also railed against what he perceived to be a double standard between the Democrats and Republicans, saying that “if we did that to them it would be a national disgrace, a national story.” Meaning that this won’t be a national story. Which it’s not. If you don’t count the fact that the rally postponement is on the front page of the websites of the Washington Post, the New York Times, MSNBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News, as well as this 30 minute diatribe on the most watched news network in the country, on one of its bigger shows.

Further to the double standard, a cheeky softball from Hannity, that may as well have been asked while giving Trump a foot massage. He asked what Trump thought about the President saying that the Republicans want dirty water and dirty air, a sarcastic and dismissive tone oozing from every syllable, as if there’s no water crisis in Flint, Michigan, because a GOP governor wanted to spend less money on water pipes that eventually leaked lead into the supply, and also as if many of the GOP nominees in this cycle haven’t said that they want to make huge cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. In typical Trump style, he said many words, the best words, words that made my head spin, but words that didn’t answer any part of the question.

And now I’d like to move on, and have a little chat with our dear friends the protesters. First thing’s first, I get what you want to say. One of the protesters in the building was a Hispanic man holding a sign that said “We are not rapists”. I get it. You’re angry that this guy could be the leader of your country, believe me, a lot of people are. But one thing that’s never going to help your cause is violence; that plays right into Trump’s hands, his tiny, trotter-like hands.

In typical Trump style, he said many words, the best words, words that made my head spin, but words that didn’t answer any part of the question.”

This kind of action gives him license to talk about how horrible you are, and to call you “thugs”, which he has done this morning. I don’t want to sound all hippie dippie here, but violence isn’t the answer when you deal with this sort of stuff. Protest events, discuss why this is the wrong candidate, and you may just recruit the sane ones. That’s about the best you can hope for, because this Trump machine is rolling and there’s not a lot you can do to stop it, unless you support his rivals, and converse with his supporters.

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Sean Hannity of Fox News      Photo: wnd.com

And to Sean Hannity, who said that he doesn’t think that speech can incite this much hatred, you’re an imbecile. Just a solid, 28 carat idiot. I really don’t even think that I need to tell people why you’re wrong, based entirely on history. Another point, you said that you haven’t seen violence at Trump rallies. So you didn’t see the Hispanic man being dragged out by the scruff of his neck by supporters? You didn’t see the girl knocked over by security staff chasing her out of a fund raiser that she had paid money to be at? You haven’t seen the TIME magazine photographer chokeslammed onto the ground by Trump security staff? If you’ve missed all these Mr. Hannity, then you can’t be very good at your job.

And to Sean Hannity, who said that he doesn’t think that speech can incite this much hatred, you’re an imbecile. Just a solid, 28 carat idiot.”

See, that wasn’t so hard was it? We got through it. Go us, now go look at some cat videos, or some Jeremy Kyle online to make yourself feel a little better, you’ve earned it.

Oh, and in case any of you were panicking about Ted Cruz being bumped by Trump last night on Hannity, he’ll be on tonight. I won’t be able to watch because I’ll be shitting on my hands and clapping, feel free to join me.

 

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