Donald Trump wants to be known as a "unifier," but his campaign events routinely disintegrate into public brawls with his out-of-control supporters being egged on by the candidate himself. Trump's massive ego channeling the fury and fists of his legions of simpleton supporters is a recipe for tragedy - on a monumental scale. Several news sources have predicted that it's only a matter of time until all hell breaks loose and there is blood in the streets.
Yesterday, in fact, hell did break loose at a couple of Trump events. First, police were called in to place barricades between Trump supporters and protesters in St. Louis, and later in the day things were so out-of-control in downtown Chicago that a Trump speech there had to be "postponed" until another time.
Regardless of who appears to be at fault in these public disturbances, they all go back to Trump, a man who seems to be relishing the commotion and free publicity. Trump has railed that protesters "deserve to be taken out!"
One Trump supporter, a seventy-eight-year-old white man "sucker punched" a young black man as he was being removed from a rally in North Carolina by police. The white guy, who was later arrested himself, said he liked "knocking the hell out of that big mouth," and that the "next time we see him, we might have to kill him."
The candidate himself has used the "knocking the hell out of someone" parlance. In Iowa he speculated to his supporters at a rally that there might be protesters present who would attempt to throw tomatoes at him. He fired up the crowd with, "If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell - - I promise you I will pay the legal fees!"
How very presidential! What a unifier!
Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields has filed charges against Trump's campaign manager for allegedly manhandling her and leaving bruises - an act that was witnessed by other journalists.
Racial slurs seem to be commonplace at campaign events for the man who declined to publicly disown support from a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and the campaign has been accused of having people removed from its rallies based solely on the color of their skin. An Arab reporter covering a Trump rally was peppered with taunts of being a "terrorist."
It could all be seen as juvenile behavior on the part of a mass of under-educated, backwater hooligans - if it wasn't for the tacit approval and encouragement of the candidate himself - behaviors that are starkly reminiscent of the rise of fascism in the 1930's.
There will be blood, and when there is - Donald Trump will own it.