National Politics - 2016

Robert Romano: Blaming The Victim In Chicago

GOP CANDIDATES LEGITIMIZING THE LEFT’S THUGGERY || By ROBERT ROMANO || Talk about blaming the victim. Hard left-wing activists organize and stage protests against a Donald Trump campaign rally that was scheduled on March 11 in Chicago, Ill., with the clear intent of sparking clashes and violence, and Trump wisely…


|| By ROBERT ROMANO || Talk about blaming the victim.

Hard left-wing activists organize and stage protests against a Donald Trump campaign rally that was scheduled on March 11 in Chicago, Ill., with the clear intent of sparking clashes and violence, and Trump wisely cancels the event to avoid innocent people getting hurt.

Yet according to his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich, Trump shares blame for the protests getting out of control.

Mind you, it was all staged. Organized by the likes of the George Soros-funded, who have already warned of more disruptions, promising to “double down.” These people are professionals.

In fact, every time there has been an incident at a Trump rally, resulting in individuals being removed by security, even those that resulted in retaliation by Trump supporters, it was in every instance initially provoked by a protestor or protestors getting out of control. Every single time. It’s a tactic we’ve already seen numerous times on the campaign trail. They look like copy-cats.

And every single time, Trump stands up to the protestors and defends his supporters, who showed up with their families to hear him speak. He reacts to them. “Get him out of here,” has become a common refrain of Trump’s as disruptive individuals are removed by security.

Well, how dare he defend his campaign against a mob? Trump tells the protestors just what he thinks of them, and so he is to blame for their disruptions, say Cruz, Rubio and Kasich.

To be fair, at first, Cruz did acknowledge the protestors were responsible for their actions: “The responsibility for that lies with protesters, who took violence into their own hands.” But then immediately, he shifted blame back on to Trump, “in any campaign, responsibility starts at the top. Any candidate is responsible for the culture of a campaign. And when you have a campaign that disrespects the voters, when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discord.”

As for Rubio, after saying Trump didn’t bear blame, “I wouldn’t say Mr. Trump is responsible for the events of tonight,” in almost the same breath Rubio couldn’t help but double backward, saying, “I think he bears some responsibility for the general tone.”

And Kasich, too, before urging protestors not to turn to violence, blamed Trump, “Tonight the seeds of division that Donald Trump has been sowing this whole campaign finally bore fruit, and it was ugly.”

In his statement, Cruz added, “I think a campaign bears responsibility for creating an environment when the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence, to punch people in the face. The predictable consequence of that is that it escalates, and today is unlikely to be the last such instance.”

Cruz even cited the 1968 riots at the Democrat presidential nominating convention as an example of what can go wrong, “the city of Chicago in 1968 saw some ugly days, when politics descended into hatred and incivility and even violence. It is my hope that in 2016 we can appeal to our better angels, to avoid going down that road once again.”

Well good luck with appealing to the hard left’s conscience. What a disgrace.

You see, Cruz, Rubio and Kasich are legitimizing the protestors and their disruptive tactics, and ignoring the widespread protests that have already occurred in metropolitan areas the past year organized by the hard left.

It could have just as easily been these protestors showing up at a Cruz, Rubio or Kasich rally if any of them had happened to be leading the race this year.

And now, no matter who the Republican nominee is, the nominating convention in Cleveland, Ohio could end up resembling the Democrat convention in Chicago in 1968 — only worse. Because three out of four Republican candidates for president just agreed, the GOP deserved it.

The crowds that showed up in Chicago on Friday put into context the importation of Muslim refugees, the open border policies of the Obama administration and the mass, early release of criminals from federal prisons.  When combined with the normal stupid college kids, it is a lethal cocktail that will grow now that they think they have won a victory without shouldering any of the blame.

The protestors have been justified by Cruz, Kasich and Rubio and now it is going to get much, much worse. We’ll see how they deal with it when these protestors show up at their own campaign events and start going nuts. Maybe they’ll issues statements that follow blaming themselves for creating a culture of political violence.

Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.  This piece (reprinted with permission) originally appeared on

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Rocky Verdad March 15, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Bull. Up until Chicago Trump let them in, specifically for the act. When it started getting crazy like with Cowboy Bob in NC, it wasn’t so funny. Then his campaign lost control of who got into Chicago, and wittle Dauwny ran away like the pue say he is. Then he fired his IL campaign guy.

Nat March 15, 2016 at 1:34 pm

I suppose instead of being “weak” like Bernie and letting someone take his microphone away, he just abandoned it and gave them the whole venue.

TontoBubbaGoldstein March 15, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Of course if he had stood his ground and the leftist’s had gotten their wish for violence…it would have been Trump’s fault… even more so, TBG suspects.

Ron March 15, 2016 at 2:25 pm

The sidelining of the campaign manager had nothing to do with the rally Friday. Campaign managers have nothing to do with rallies, only with the advertising and on-the-ground efforts. Nice try, though.

mamatiger92 March 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm

“Mind you, it was all staged. Organized by Trump himself. This man is a professional.”

Fixed that for you, Bob.

Ron March 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Yeah, you wish. I’m that Tony Dimassacrappio or whatever his name is, has been stomping on the flag all his life as a front to get ready for what he did Saturday.

mamatiger92 March 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

There’s a sucker born every minute, Ron. Don’t be that guy.

Ron March 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Oooohhh, good one!! I see you’ve decided to join the mindless leftist mob against Trump. Talk about sucker.

mamatiger92 March 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Oh, the sweet, sweet irony.

Ron March 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Is that all you’ve got? Just some terse, meaningless retorts?

mamatiger92 March 15, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Right back atcha.

Ron March 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm

I don’t even know why you comment on here. You do nothing but take juvenile pot shots that show you exist in nothing more than an echo chamber. There are plenty of others here who do that. Why you feel the need to do the same should be beyond you, but apparently not.

mamatiger92 March 15, 2016 at 2:55 pm


Sic Semper Tyrannis March 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm

A poster on abc a few days ago said, if something was to happen to trump, we would have a civil war. Yikes! I believe him.

mamatiger92 March 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

“Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.” Fran Lebowitz

Flip March 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Nice quote, I’ll have to remember that one!

Crooner March 15, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Trump is as responsible for the old white guy sucker-punching the man being escorted out every bit as much as right-to-lifers are responsible for the old white guy who shot up the PP clinic in CO. They “set the tone.”

Nat March 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Like the right never organizes to interrupt town halls or meetings. Remember the white tea Party people from 2009-2010? I recall several Congress members being hustled out of hostile gatherings and security yanking a bunch of those yellow flag wavers out of the rooms.

The memo, authored by Robert MacGuffie, who runs the website, suggests that tea partiers should “pack the hall… spread out” to make their numbers seem more significant, and to “rock-the-boat early in the Rep’s presentation…to yell out and challenge the Rep’s statements early…. to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda…stand up and shout and sit right back down.”

Ron March 15, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Bull. Those “white tea Party people” never touched a single person, only let their voice be heard. Absolutely nobody was ever truly worried about being physically harmed or intimidated by them. Despite that, the left always decried their “lack of civility” and “terroristic tactics”. When the leftist mobs do far more than just let their voice be heard, but physically exert their will, it’s because “enough is enough”.

Flip March 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Civility is easy when you have a single group of angry people pulling together for one cause. Civility is extremely fragile when there are two groups of angry people pulling for entirely opposite causes. Doesn’t matter if it is right vs left, KKK vs black panthers, or heck even rival sports teams in some cases can make people one step away from throwing a fist.

Ron March 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Agree, but it’s not really about the groups for me. It’s about the disproportionate responses some groups get over against the others. The hypocrisy becomes exceedingly rank.

Peaceful? March 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Angry mobs protesting health care reform continue to crop up at Democratic town halls across the country, with shouts and shoves most recently exchanged in both Tampa, Fla. and St. Louis, Mo.

With the auditorium at the Tampa Children’s Board of Hillsborough County quickly reaching full capacity, Tampa Police started turning people away. Subsequently, violence broke out outside, reports local CBS affiliate WTSP, with at least one person being treated for minor injuries. A photojournalist reported had his glasses and camera equipment broken.

The event was sponsored by sponsored by state Rep. Betty Reed and the Service Employees International Union, but many protesters said they were prompted to attend by the Tampa 912 activist group promoted by conservative television personality Glenn Beck, the St. Petersburg Times reported. Other protesters reported receiving e-mails with talking points to speak out against health care reform from the Hillsborough Republican Party.


Meanwhile, six people were arrested Thursday night in St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, after health care reform protests broke out at what was intended to be a forum on aging with Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan. Three people were reportedly arrested for suspicion of committing peace disturbances, two for suspicion of assault and one for resisting arrest.

An unanticipated crowd of several hundred people turned out to the Bernard Middle School gym in south St. Louis County, the Post-Dispatch reported, due in part to the local Tea Party Coalition, which urged members to attend the forum and subsequently spurred Democrats to boost their attendance as well.

Flip March 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm

There is thuggery on both sides. People are very angry and need to chill out. Very sad for our country.

Ron March 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Yes, very sad. But I’m very glad the menaces are exposing themselves for who they are

Sic Semper Tyrannis March 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Agreed, Trump supporters are out of control.

Ron March 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm

I know, right. Trump supporters are wreaking havoc at all the Sanders and Clinton campaign stops. Ya know, jumping barricades, physically fighting a federal security detail, smashing signs, bloodying up the police, and all other sorts of physical violence.

You Will Please Take Notice March 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm

ARNING TO DISRUPTERS OF TRUMP RALLIES —— YOU WILL BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FELONIES THAT CARRY 10 (TEN) YEARS IN PRISON … Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act makes it a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison to “willfully and knowingly” enter a restricted area or to engage in “disorderly or disruptive conduct” that in any way impedes “government business or official functions.”

Signed into law by President Obama, this supposed tweak of a pre-existing law effectively criminalized protest of any person under the protection of the Secret Service, a select group which includes both major parties’ front-runners for the presidential nomination.

Flip March 15, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Candidates holding their own private rallies to drum up support for party nominations isn’t government business.

Squishy123 March 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Yeah Robert Romano, go suck a dick you liberal faggot. I don’t see Republicans thugging it out at Clinton or Sanders rallies.

Todd March 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm

This incident is what has finally quelled the acid reflux I was experiencing at having to become a Trump supporter. I can see now the rest of the republican field will happily side with neo-bolshevik thugs when it serves their campaigns.

Original Good Old Boy March 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm

How come I never read about Trump supporters crashing Hillary’s or Bernie’s rallies? If you had asked me in 2014 if I would have voted Trump for president, I would not have stopped laughing. It would have been a complete joke. Well, thanks to the media and most talking heads, both left and right, twisting his words and grossly mischaracterizing his statements, I started paying closer attention to him. I came around. The guy may be boorish and crass, but he’s doing something right if he manages to piss off both the Democrats and the Republicans.

Flip March 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm

“How come I never read about Trump supporters crashing Hillary’s or Bernie’s rallies?”

There was nobody willing to help them set up the burning crosses?

Original Good Old Boy March 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

“There was nobody willing to help them set up the burning crosses?”

Exhibit A of exactly what I was talking about. Just people talking out their ass with nothing to back up their ridiculous comparisons.

Flip March 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm

LMAO!!! I simply took advantage of the great opening you gave me. : )

Love and Peace March 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Tony Dokoupil, a National Reporter at MSNBC, captured the scene on video. The man, who has not been identified, was standing in a crowd outside a Trump rally in Cleveland when he said to an unidentified black woman: “If you call yourself an African-American, go back to Africa. If you’re an African first, go back to Africa.”

Trump supporter yells “Go to Auschwitz. Go to fucking Auschwitz.”

President Ego March 15, 2016 at 5:02 pm

If his lips are moving he is lying and he hasn’t any idea what he talking about half the time. I believe Politico tracked him as lying or embellishing every 5 minutes whenever he is speaking. You want him as President?

PattiAnn March 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm

‘In fact, every time there has been an incident at a Trump rally, resulting in individuals being removed by security, even those that resulted in retaliation by Trump supporters, it was in every instance initially provoked by a protestor or protestors getting out of control’
Not true. How about the lady in the sari in Rock Hill? All she did was stand up in protest and she was man handled out of the event. Trump turned his events ugly intentionally and now he’s reaping the rewards. He’s Sarah Palin in better clothing but still a violence inducer that can’t handle the mess he makes. Makes great entertainment.

Ron March 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Oh please. Rose Hamid was a known radical activist who was a part of the MAS (a Muslim brotherhood front group) who conveniently planned a clear publicity stunt at the Trump rally. She was escorted out by police, she was not “man handled”. That’s just propaganda talk for you to talk yourself into the narrative that Trump incites “bigotry”, “hatred”, and “violence”. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your spin. You just keep falling for the tactics of these useful idiots and you will keep knowing nothing but lies.

Tom March 15, 2016 at 5:42 pm

I’ll withhold judgement on that incident. What did she do to get escorted out?

PattiAnn March 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm

She looked different than the other attendees. That was her crime against Trump. It helps to be old, white and angry if you want to be welcomed at a Trump rally.

Sic Semper Tyrannis March 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

It’s more fun than regular comedy. Hope no one gets killed though.

erneba March 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

The disruption in Chicago was completely caused by and its associated radicals. It is almost comical that some people are trying to place blame on Donald Trump. The left sees him as the as the current leader of the Republicans in the race for the Presidency. This is just the left’s way of trying to to cast doubt on him with false charges.
The Republican candidates are more than happy to temporary hop on board with the left to ruin Trump’s chances for getting the nod as the Republican nominee.
The Democrats will try to sustain this as a long term issue in the upcoming election. It won’t work. Trump is not a traditional candidate, and traditional “dirty tricks” will not do him in.

Semi March 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm

I’m glad to see that Cruz is such an authority on the 1968 Chicago riots, pretty good for someone who was born in 1970. I was there and it wasn’t a pretty sight even for a Democratic National Convention!


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