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1705, 20 Mar 16

Trump Displays Constitutional Ignorance


The Republican frontrunner said the demonstrators who shut down an Arizona highway leading to the Phoenix suburb where he was scheduled to speak were violating his right to free speech — and the rights of his supporters to come hear him.

“They’re really stopping our First Amendment rights,” Trump said. “If you think about it, George, they block … they blocked a road, they put their cars in front of a road. We had thousands and thousands of people wanting to come. They were delayed for an hour because of these protesters.”

The 1st Amendment restricts the government’s power to quash speech. It does not restrict private people from disrupting the speech of other private people. There are other laws that apply here, but the 1st Amendment does not.

That being said, what these goons are doing in disrupting events for the sole purpose of stopping someone from speaking, and being heard, is deplorable behavior. They should be arrested and prosecuted for every crime they have committed.


1705, 20 March 2016


  1. Mike

    According to this lawyer’s blog they are committing a civil rights violation.

    From the post:

    42 U.S.C. §1985(3) seems to fite nicely. Since it’s rather long, I’ll truncate it a little and highlight the parts that seem to fit.

    “If two or more persons in any State or Territory conspire or go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another, for the purpose of depriving, either directly or indirectly, any person or class of persons of the equal protection of the laws, or of equal privileges and immunities under the laws;… or if two or more persons conspire to prevent by force, intimidation, or threat, any citizen who is lawfully entitled to vote, from giving his support or advocacy in a legal manner, toward or in favor of the election of any lawfully qualified person as an elector for President …. the party so injured or deprived may have an action for the recovery of damages occasioned by such injury or deprivation, against any one or more of the conspirators.”

  2. Trump for America

    Well, we can IRS these scumbags to death when President Trump takes office.

  3. Mark Maley

    Trump talks to himself on constitutional issues also.

    He has a great brain ( along with other excellent body parts )

    It will be interesting who has a Trump sign in their yard in WB for the primary . I also know no one who supports him

  4. Trump for America

    It’s hard to see under your Klan hood, fascist. Get out of the house once in awhile.

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