Usually, it’s the Second Amendment that comes under assault by the Left following a mass shooting, but this time liberals have their sights fixed on the First Amendment. Erin Turmelle, the state director of presidential hopeful Cory Booker’s New Hampshire operation, has called upon the Trump campaign to cancel a rally scheduled for Manchester next week. In the subhead of a statement Turmelle released yesterday, the stated reason for the demand seems to relate to some sort of imagined conflict of interest: Trump’s rally is scheduled to take place two days before Booker holds a rally of his own.
But when you get down into the particulars, you find that Team Booker is not just demanding that Trump cancel this rally but all rallies nationwide. Via the statement, which appears below in its entirety:
These rallies serve as a breeding ground for racism and bigotry that inspire white nationalist attacks like the one in El Paso on Saturday. They are despicable and have no place in New Hampshire, or anywhere in our country. That’s why Trump must cancel this rally.
This is not the first demand by the Left that Trump rallies be canceled. Two weeks ago, Igor Volsky, vice president of the far-left Center for American Progress and director of Guns Down America, drafted a petition intended to pressure U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati to cancel a Trump rally planned for Aug. 1. In the petition Volsky argued:
The event will take place less than a month after Trump presided over a North Carolina crowd chanting “Send her back! Send her back!” about an American Muslim congresswoman he targeted with racist attacks.
Given Donald Trump’s penchant for stirring up unrestrained demagoguery and racist hate-filled chants against women, minorities, and immigrants at his campaign rallies, we are asking AEG Worldwide, which owns the U.S. Bank Arena, to cancel the event and refuse to rent its space to the Trump campaign.
The event went off as planned, drawing a record crowd of Trump supporters.