Friday 22 September 2017

The anti-Trump mob preach liberalism, yet they're happy to shout down others' ideas

A Trump supporter (R) yells at a demonstrator (L) after Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump cancelled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago last Friday. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
A Trump supporter (R) yells at a demonstrator (L) after Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump cancelled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago last Friday. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Even by the already toxic standards of this year's race for the Republican party nomination, the events in Chicago on Friday night were a depressing indicator of just how fractured America has become.

A few thousand anti-Trump agitators - comprising the usual motley collection of Bernie Sanders supporters, Black Lives Matter activists and the kind of professional troublemakers not seen in such numbers since the riots in Ferguson - managed to shut down a rally that had attracted 30,000 supporters.

Anyone watching the US news channels on Friday night will have witnessed something few observers ever thought they would see - a legitimate political rally in one of America's most important cities shut down by intimidation and threats of violence.

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