KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Billionaire businessman and Republican presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump held two spirited rallies in St. Louis and Kansas City in the past two days; the first taking place at St. Louis’ Peabody Opera House on Friday and the second taking place on Saturday at Kansas City’s Midland Theatre.Mr. Trump’s event in St. Louis began at noon and lasted for around an hour, and included an official endorsement form conservative icon, Phyllis Schlafly. While while a relative sense of civility existed inside the event, protests outside the event turned violent in some cases. The St. Louis metropolitan area, including its suburb Ferguson, is seen nationally as the epicenter of the Black Lives Matter movement and a tinderbox of divisive racially-based protests. In that regard, Friday didn’t disappoint. The skirmishes that did erupt among Mr. Trump’s supporters, detractors, and the police, were limited in scope their scope, despite media sensationalism since. Of course any conflict experienced in St. Louis paled in comparison to the disgraceful events that took place at the site of another Trump event in Chicago, Illinois later that evening. There, a mass of anti-Trump protesters organized by both MoveOn.Org and elements of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign descended upon the site of Friday night’s Trump rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago. As the organized chaos began to ensue, both inside and outside the venue, the Trump campaign ultimately decided to cancel the event altogether. That chaotic scene on Friday set the stage for Saturday night’s rally in downtown Kansas City. There, rally attendees braved wet and rainy conditions for hours as they waited line for a chance to see the Republican front-runner. 24th State Solutions was live and on the scene covering the event. The rally began with Jackson County Republican Committee Chairman, Mark A. Jones, addressing the crowd and encouraging attendees to vote for Mr. Trump on Tuesday. Then, Mr. Trump himself took the stage just a few minutes after 6:30 p.m. and gave an hour-long speech. The atmosphere inside the theatre was just as raucous as it was in St. Louis, with Mr. Trump being interrupted no less than ten times throughout the event by protesters who had initially posed as supporters. Mr. Trump met each of the interruptions with his usual catchphrases, “Get ’em out!” and “I’ve got plenty of time folks, I can stand her all night”; both were met with thunderous applause.
As they did in St. Louis, Mr. Trumps Kansas City remarks included a reiteration of his equally celebrated and maligned policy platform, which includes the construction of a security wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, repealing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), lowering the Federal budget deficit, renegotiating foreign trade agreements, reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, and bolstering the American military budget.Outside the theatre, the anti-Trump protesters became increasingly rowdy as the evening unfolded. At one point, as protesters began creeping away from the sidewalk and out into the street, a young female protester punched a police horse in the face, prompting the Kansas City Police Department officers present to begin spraying the hostile crowd with mace. This, naturally, caused many members of the national media and left-leaning blogs to compare the event to the protests in Selma, Alabama in 1965. To say that comparison is a disservice to the participants of the Selma march is putting it most mildly. Both events come only days before Missouri’s March 15th primary contest. The most recent polling in Missouri, conducted by Fort Hays State University, shows a seven point lead for Mr. Trump over Texas Senator Ted Cruz; 36%-29%, respectively. Senator Cruz also visited the state on Saturday, holding a town hall event at a Kansas City hotel. The Senator had also held a town hall event in the St. Louis exurb of Ballwin as well earlier in the week. On the Democratic side, the same polling firm has the Fmr. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders by seven points as well, 47%-40%, respectively. Mrs. Clinton narrowly lost to then Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic primary in 2008.
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