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.