Seeds: At this point in the election cycle, we all know who Donald Trump is and we’re all pretty sick of hearing his name, (or the name of any presidential candidate for that matter), repeated over and over. His presidential campaign is a perfect storm. It has drama, intrigue, and most importantly, unmatched success. This concoction has allowed Trump to maintain nonstop media coverage from mainstream news sources.
Core: This past week, a Trump rally that was meant to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago was cancelled due to the presence of organized protesters, largely made up of UIC students. The Trump campaign has claimed they were advised to cancel the rally due to security concerns, however, campus security has stated that no such security concerns were reported. After it was announced that the rally was to be cancelled, violence broke out between Trump supporters and protesters leaving three people injured and four arrested.
Skin: In the days following the rally’s cancellation, and its ensuing violence, the media has closely covered Trump’s response. Since the rally, Trump has accused Bernie Sanders’ campaign of sending protesters to the rally, referenced to protesters as “thugs,” and complained that the protesters were impeding upon his own first amendment right of free speech.
Leaves: This incident is evidence of the divisive nature of the 2016 presidential cycle. Politics have always been a point of contention during any election year (for obvious reasons), but this year has been especially impassioned, and that can be greatly attributed to the campaign of Donald Trump. Whether you love him or hate him, Donald Trump’s presence has pushed everyone further down diverging ends of the political spectrum. It’s incidents like the recent outbreak of violence that hopefully remind us all to take a step back from the intense world of politics and remember that a person with different political views is still in fact a person, and that the only way we can “Make America Great Again” is through equal understanding and mature and objective discourse.
Food For Thought: Do you think Trump should have cancelled the rally? Do you think this level of violence was inevitable? What do you think is the best way to decrease the contentious nature of the election?