About 30 black students who were standing silently at the top of the bleachers at Donald Trump’s rally here Monday night were escorted out by security officials before the presidential candidate began speaking.
The sight of the students, who were visibly upset, being led outside by law enforcement officials created a stir at a university that was a whites-only campus until 1963.
“We didn’t plan to do anything,” said a tearful Tahjila Davis, a 19-year-old mass media major, who was among the Valdosta State University students who was removed. “They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here.”
Trump’s campaign denies being behind this. And yet:
The black Valdosta U students tell me they were standing silently in the bleachers when Secret Service told them Trump wanted them removed.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 29, 2016
Video of a tearful woman asked to leave:
This is the image Donald Trump wants for today.
My conclusion is that Donald Trump has a New York Democrat’s view of what the Republican party is. And in the South, he thinks it’s made up of a bunch of racists. So he makes a series of calculated moves. He refuses to disavow David Duke on a prominent Sunday show — and sandwiches that refusal between two less prominent disavowals that his chump defenders can point to. He creates the incident described above by having these black folks tossed out of his rally, but has his campaign issue a statement that he’s not behind it so that the suckers who support him can pretend he didn’t do it.
It’s all part of a very calculated strategy, I believe, of appealing to Southern white racists. I don’t believe there are as many of them as Donald Trump evidently believes. But then, I never would have thought that Trump appeared to be poised to sweep every state today except Texas.
P.S. In fascist Italy, one would have looked upon this image of a photographer being brutalized by a government security person, and been unfazed:
This video appears to show the lead-up to it: Contempt of Cop. This needs to stop before the jackboots start imposing similar punishments for Contempt of Trump.
UPDATE: JVW points to possible provocation by the photographer. That could be. I should know better than to make a snap judgment based on a video. Let’s see how this shakes out