RUSH: Now, the violence at Trump rallies here. Again, you know, I watch coverage of this and I watch media people wring their hands and other people and whine and get furrowed brows and get pained expression on their faces, and lament what’s happening to our culture, the coarseness and the incivility and so forth. “Trump supporters are routinely punching protesters in the face at Trump rallies.” They asked Trump about it. In some cases, he denies it. In other cases, they accuse him of encouraging it, such as a protester will erupt at a Trump rally and Trump will see it.
“Throw the guy out! Yeah, punch the guy in the face! I want to punch the guy in the face! Throw him out.” And then a couple of days ago, a Trump protester was actually punched in the face by an elderly Trump supporter. And so last night, after the debate, much of the analysis focused on how horrible this is and why is it happening. And nobody… Some people got close to getting it right. But nobody, I thought, zeroed in on it. It’s another example, I think… I don’t want to make too big a deal of this, but, with all these people trying to understand what’s going on with Trump, it isn’t that hard if you would just listen.
And I, in explaining this, do not misunderstand. I am not attempting to validate or to justify it. But there are so many people that seem curious and don’t understand it. The first thing to say about this is, the left thinks they own the public protest. Whenever there are right-wingers that protest anywhere or anything at Democrat or left-wing events, they are not held up as role models. They are not admired. They are not called paragons of our democracy. We don’t hear virtuous things about them, like they’re “speaking truth to power” or they’re “practicing a time-honored art of dissent.”
Now, when there are Republicans that go to Democrat events when it happens, protests, they are routinely savaged, they are insulted. And if the Democrats… Remember this? At a Tea Party rally, a bunch of union guys actually beat up an African-American Tea Party protester, and nobody in media was upset about that. You could hardly get them to talk about it. So that’s the first thing. The protest, the public protest, the left thinks it’s theirs. They own it, and only when they do it is it legitimate.
Well, in this case, it’s legitimate, because Trump is running as a Republican, and here are all these protesters out there protesting Trump. They expect everybody to stop what they’re doing and let the protestors take over the event. If that doesn’t happen, there isn’t any Democrat at a Trump rally. If the Trump people don’t stop, if Trump doesn’t stop and make way for these protesters to disrupt things, then the Trump people are gonna get blamed for it.
Trump himself is gonna get blamed for it because the protesters are heroes and heroines and so forth because that’s the way the left looks at it. Well, at a Trump rally they’re not tolerated. You want to try to figure out why? They’re not tolerated. Trump supporters and Trump himself are not going to lay down and let these people take over their events. They’re not going to bend over and grab the ankles or whatever you used to do.They’re not going to part the way and let the protestors march around and express their grievance. The media is going to demand that happen because these are honorable protesters.
“They’re protesting a Republican, Donald Trump! They’re protesting a heathen. They’re protesting somebody that looks like Mussolini! They’re protesting somebody that the Drive-Bys are comparing to Hitler.” You know the drill. But the people at the Trump rallies, they’re not gonna tolerate a minute of it. And you know why? ‘Cause they’re sick of it for years. They are sick of what they see protesters getting away with in public in various cities in this country.
They’re sick and tired of what protesters did in Ferguson, for example. They are sick and tired of what they saw happen on the campus at Mizzou. They’re sick and tired of what they see happening in places like Baltimore. And they see everybody backing down! They see the protestors taking over and ruining private property, personally and physically attacking people. They see them attacking America as founded, and when they get together, all these people, this is pent-up frustration. This is pent-up resentment that nobody fights back against these people.
It’s pent-up frustration that everybody’s told, “Let them speak. Let them protest. This is America. This is dissent. This is how we founded ourselves, on dissent.” And they’re fed up with it because the protesters rule the roost and have for a long time. They get away with whatever destruction they want. They can set fires, they can blow up and destroy buildings, and nobody condemns it. They condemn the place where it’s happening and almost justify it.
I’m talking about the media. They almost justify protesters. They justify their actions. They justify what they do. And then they go ask the victims of protest marches, “What did you do to make these people so mad?” So when they get together at a Trump rally and these protesters infiltrate there, they’re not gonna put up with it. That’s what’s going on. It’s not complicated. You may not like it. You may think it’s boorish. You may think it’s uncalled for. But that’s the explanation for it, in part. There are obviously reasons for it additional, too, but that’s a big part of it. But if you don’t see that, you’re not gonna see much else of why people support Trump.