With GOP front-runner Donald Trump enjoying a comfortable lead, one would expect everything in his world is under control. As it turns out, things are effectively out of control with tensions running high and outside influences starting to rock the boat.
In recent weeks, protesters have been infiltrating Trump rallies in an attempt to shut down the events. Beyond a little pushing and shoving, a protester was punched in the face and a reporter was arrested for what amounted to be nothing more than being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
If that wasn’t disconcerting enough, the real fireworks started on March 11 in Chicago when protesters and Trump supporters clashed after the proceedings at a rally were abruptly shut down as tension started mounting. Five people were arrested and two police officers injured. The events of the day led Trump organizers to cancel a rally scheduled for the following day at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion due in large part to what they perceived to be a hostile environment.
During the weekend, Trump, who had moved on to campaign in Ohio, was giving a speech in stage in Fairborn. In the middle of speech, a man from the audience broke through a barrier and rushed the stage. There was a lot of resulting commotion, forcing several Secret Service members and Trump security staff to rush the stage and stop the man.
Thomas DiMassimo, a 22 Wright State University senior, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic. When asked why he charged the stage, DiMassimo told a CNN interviewer “I was thinking that Donald Trump is a bully, and he is nothing more than that. He is somebody who is just saying a lot of bold things; he’s making bold claims. But I can see right through that and I can see that he’s truly just a coward. And he’s opportunistic and he’s willing to destroy this country for power for himself.”
While members from both sides of the isle are calling for civility, it’s clear the country’s unrest is being reflected in political venues. Unfortunately, it looks like this could be status-quo over the coming weeks as candidates continue sorting themselves out.