Security concerns at a Donald Trump rally in Chicago on Friday forced the campaign to cancel the event, which sparked conflict between Trump supporters and protesters that spilled out into the city streets, and even got violent at times. It’s just the latest in a spate of instances at Trump rallies.
Last week in North Carolina, a Trump supporter cold-cocked a protester in the face who was being escorted out of the event. Trump has denied responsibility for the violence, saying he should be getting credit for how he handles the disruptions during his events. Critics argue that it’s Trump himself who has created the violence with his rhetoric. How unusual is it for us to see violence centered around a single candidate like this? Are there other examples in history?
Elsewhere in the world of politics, five states hold primaries for both parties on Tuesday. Florida and Ohio may be the two biggest prizes of the day, especially for Republicans hoping to throw a wrench in the cogs of Donald Trump’s campaign. Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich must win in their home states, which are both winner-take-all, or they’ll be virtually out of the race from a numbers standpoint.
Julian Zelizer, Professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a fellow at the New America Foundation. His latest book is, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.” (Penguin Press, 2015)
Ana Kasparian, co-host and producer of The Young Turks and a part-time professor of journalism at California State University-Northridge; she tweets @AnaKasparian
Shermichael Singleton, Republican political consultant and contributor to The Hill; he has also worked on presidential campaigns for Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and most recently Dr. Ben Carson; he tweets @Shermichael_