News reports of anti-Trump protesters breaking the law have become so commonplace that it’s hard to keep the details straight.
Did a road block force Trump to get out of his SUV and walk to an event in California, or was that Arizona? Or Chicago?
Despite observers left and right suggesting that this belligerence will only increase voters’ support for the Republican candidate, they continue to happen.
That’s probably because the sorts of people who take part in these activities don’t really care about a particular cause, or achieving a desired outcome. They just want to break the law (and other things) for the thrill of it.
Now CNN.com reports on the latest melee:
Protesters lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in New Mexico — the latest scuffle to follow the presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign.
The scene outside Albuquerque’s convention center was chaotic as police ushered protesters away from Trump’s event and into the nearby streets.
There, anti-Trump protesters — many critical of his positions on immigration — loudly chanted, “F— Donald Trump.” (…)
Trump had already left the event, by that point, but responded on Twitter Wednesday morning.
“The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!” he tweeted.
A few protesters managed to get inside the venue, where they unfurled banners reading “Undocumented, unafraid” and “We’ve head enough.”
Inside Trump’s event, protesters disrupted him sporadically. At least three were forcefully removed by police after they refused to leave.
All these protests do is give Trump and his views more exposure, and make him a sympathetic figure who is being harassed by thugs and bullies.
If he wins in November, he should thank these “activists” in his inaugural address.