Trumped again: Republicans scramble as Trump wins in several states in latest primaries
Stephon Johnson and Cyril Josh Barker | 3/17/2016, 10:05 a.m.
America continues to watch in disbelief as business man-turned-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes his way to the nomination. This week, Trump beat his opponents as he won primaries in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.
News reports on Trump show scenes reminiscent of Nazi and Ku Klux Klan rallies, featuring Confederate flags, alleged Hitler salutes, unapologetic phrases like “white power,” “Go back to Africa” and “Go to Auschwitz.”
While hate was already in the toxic mix of Trump’s campaign, the affirmation came February when known former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke urged his followers via radio to support Trump.
Viral videos shared across the Internet show white Trump supporters confronting Black protesters, sometimes violently. Footage resembling film reels of violent acts by whites during the Civil Rights Movement resisting integration or the right for Blacks to vote is becoming daily coverage on newscasts. One of the latest videos shows a white police officer preventing a Black women wearing a headscarf with tickets from entering an event though said she was not there to protest.
The officer said, “The campaign has told us that they don’t want them on the property.”
A white man shooting the video then asked, “What if I have tickets?” The officer then replied, “If the campaign tells me you can’t go in, then you can’t go in.”
The white man then replied, “I have tickets and I am here to protest.” The white man is then permitted to go in.
President Barack Obama addressed the violence at Trump rallies, calling them “vulgar and divisive.” He noted that Trump’s rhetoric is embarrassing the United States.
“I’m not the only one in this room who’s more than a little dismayed about what’s been happening on the campaign trail recently,” Obama said. “We’ve seen misguided attempts to shut down that speech, however offensive it may be. In response to those attempts, we’ve seen actual violence, and we’ve heard silence from too many of our leaders.”
Obama added that the behavior has often been accepted as the new normal and that what people have done in leadership to contribute to the current political atmosphere.
“Donald Trump continues to be the overwhelming front-runner, running away with the GOP nomination,” said Harlem Assemblymember and congressional candidate Keith Wright. “From coast to coast, Americans are choosing his violence-inducing hateful rhetoric at the ballot box. And it’s not just Trump. Congress is being overtaken by right-wing extremists. We won’t let it go unchecked.”
Instead of denouncing Trump as dangerous to our democracy, Republicans in Congress are showing their willingness to work with him. Members of Congress are starting to engage with him. This week, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, the GOP’s highest ranking members of Congress, took calls with him. The more outlandish Trump gets, the more influence he gains.
Last week, 78-year-old John McGraw was caught on video punching a young protester named Rakeem Jones at a Trump rally in Fayetteville, N.C. McGraw was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. He’s due in court in April. The television program “Inside Edition” asked McGraw about punching Jones, and he responded by saying, “We don’t know who he is, but we know he’s not acting like an American. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.”