TRUMPING OUT! The First Amendment protected Donald Trump's fascist prancings and his supporters, just as the 'Chicago Nazis' had the right to march into Skokie decades ago... So why did America's overage El Duce back away in fear in Chicago?...

Protesters on Harrison St. in Chicago (right side of photo) lined up in large numbers, while those trying to get inside the UIC Pavillion (left side of photo) were sometimes being denied entrance to the public building by Trump's security because they "looked like" possible protesters. By choosing a public building rather than a private facility (like the Catholic colleges he has often used), Trump guaranteed that he would receive protection from Chicago police, but also that those who disagreed with him would be able to be inside his fascist event. As a result of the protests, Trump "postponed" his March 11, 2016 Chicago event. The bully, like most bullies, whimpers when his opponents fight back.Why did Donald Trump prove what most of us already knew: that like most bullies, he's a coward? And that's a big part of what happened in Chicago on March 11, 2016, when Trump himself cancelled his own "rally" at the University of Illinois Pavillion because some protesters were both inside and outside to meet and greet him and his followers. Trump had scheduled his rally in a public building with a huge capacity. For months, he had been getting away with bullying those who oppose him and berating reporters who tried to cover his campaign accurately or even ask him questions. Always bellowing, he put himself forward as a king of Mussolini (although a bit old for that pose), even going so far as to quote El Duce and begin to encourage his more fanatical backers to join him in the Nazi raised right hand "salute."

Tough guy -- when his mobs outnumber his critics.

But on March 11, 2016, Trump was afraid to use his rights under the First Amendment and deny the majority of people in Chicago what has long been called the "hecklers' veto" -- something everyone who has prized the First Amendment knows.


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