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Another Terrific Article On Donald Trump

March 20, 2016

Steve Lopez of the Los Angles Times can place this article alongside others who are nailing this presidential campaign with insight and pithy writing.

Nohl Rosen was ready to back up the police if trouble broke out at the Donald Trump rally Saturday morning in suburban Phoenix. The computer repairman wore a flag bandanna and a “Police Lives Matter” T-shirt, and strapped to his right leg was a 9mm Smith & Wesson.

In California, I told him, we can’t walk around with firearms holstered to our limbs. 

“You’ve got a lot of problems too,” Rosen said. “I think if you loosened the gun laws like we have here, things would probably be a lot better.”

I’m not so sure about that, or this: 

“We’ve had seven years of [President] Obama, and what has it accomplished? We’re divided as a nation. Trump can unite us,” Rosen said.

What’s that?

Trump supporters yelled at protesters to get jobs and swear off welfare checks. They should be the first ones deported, one man said.

“The reason you don’t like him,” he screamed, “is because Trump is a real man and you’re not.”

One of those protesters was Karina Diaz, a 23-year-old, U.S.-born college student from Phoenix. She told me she had been at the rally for two hours and had heard the following things shouted at her and her friends:

“Go back to Mexico. Get out of here. Beaners. Rapists. Illegals.”

“It can be a little intimidating and it can be a little hurtful,” Diaz said. “But we know if we stand together we will prevail.”

Outside of the protesters, you could have taken all the people of color at the Cruz and Trump rallies and fit them onto a turnip truck. This figures to be a problem for whichever one wins the GOP nomination, because as Republican leaders have been pointing out for years, the party is on life support if it doesn’t draw more young people and minorities into the tent.

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