Illinois, Midwest America, Policing, Politics, United States

Donald Trump, Jerry Springer + American Youth

Supporters of Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump react to protesters during his speech at the Synergy Flight Center in Bloomington, Illinois on March 13, 2016.  Protests have become a regular feature of Donald Trump rallies, contributing in their way to the spectacle and circus-like environment.

Supporters of Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump react to protesters during his speech at the Synergy Flight Center in Bloomington, Illinois on March 13, 2016. Protests have become a regular feature of Donald Trump rallies, contributing in their way to the spectacle and circus-like environment.

This image from Donald Trump’s rally in Bloomington, Illinois last Sunday was the moment my headache went through the roof and I left. Little boys film themselves taunting little girls who were being kicked out for protesting. This is a scary thing to witness when children turn against each other on the encouragement of an American presidential candidate. Today after successes in Florida, Illinois and Missouri but defeat in the critical state of Ohio to Governor John Kasich leaving open the prospect of a brokered convention, Trump threatened riots if he does not get the nomination. This is not maturity worthy of nuclear codes nor is promoting violence domestically presidential. The forces of politically motivated violence are being set in motion by a candidate whose campaign does not require him to leave the tarmac or answer questions from media beyond the scope of prearranged interviews. His rallies resemble “The Jerry Springer Show,” causing Springer himself to remark, “If they are going to do my show, they should start paying me… It’s disgraceful.”