Professional wrestling has nothing on a Donald Trump rally.
At a WWE event, the staged violence happens in the ring or around it. At a Trump rally, you never know where the standoff, tussle or sucker punch will come from. And at a Trump rally, the very real violence spills onto the streets.
Trump isn’t afraid, of course.
While he likes to stir the pot, encourage his crowds to rough up protesters and promises to pay legal bills if they hurt someone, Trump sits comfortably in the catbird seat surrounded by security and Secret Service officers.
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So many fights broke out at last week’s Trump rally in Orange County, California, police had to arrest 20 people. Media reports say hundreds of protesters surged on riot police.
A Trump supporter had his face bloodied as he tried to drive out of the arena and was beaten by a mob. Another man jumped on a police car, smashing windows and leaving dents. TV news footage showed a crowd surrounding a police car with emergency lights on, ominously rocking it back and forth.
But by now, everybody knows how dicey Trump rallies can be. His supporters have detained, taunted and punched anyone they perceive to be a Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton follower.
And those scenes in Orange County are signs of more things to come.
If Trump can cause this kind of mayhem during primary season, imagine the damage he can do when we roll into a national presidential campaign.