The Battle of the "Outsiders": Donald Trump attacks Bernie Sanders
Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump mocked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for being "weak" after the Democratic presidential candidate "surrendered" the stage to protesters claiming to be members of the #BlackLivesMatter movement at a rally in Seattle this weekend. The two young women's affiliation with the BLM group has come under some scrutiny with reports that one of the two women who stormed the stage; Marissa Jenae Johnson was a former Sarah Palin supporter and "Tea Party Member". There also have been calls from many in the BLM movement for the Ms. Johnson and Mara Willaford to apologize to Senator Sanders.
Several theories have been made as to why #BlackLivesMatter protests would target Bernie Sanders a longtime supporter and ally to civil rights and the African American struggle. Theories range from outside agitation from republicans or the Hillary Clinton campaign, to some plot cooked up by George Soros the "liberal" billionaire and "Anti-Koch Brother" who conservatives love to kick. Whatever the cause the Sanders campaign has taking steps to reach out to the African American community but Billionaire GOP Presidential candidate isn't impressed.
Trump held a press conference in Birch Run, Michigan and said:
"We're the two getting the crowds, but believe me, that's not going to happen to Trump! That showed such weakness. The way he was taken away by two young women, the microphone! They just took the whole place over," Trump said. "I felt badly for him, but it showed that he's weak."
Trump made a promise that if faced with protesters in a similar scenario, he would not give up the stage. "I don't know if I'll do the fighting myself or other people will." Trump said
Time will only tell if The BLM will target Trump now and see if he makes good on his threat.
Despite Trump's accretion that he is pulling the same numbers of crowds as Bernie, the facts do not bare that out. No other candidate this election season is packing the house like the good senator from Vermont. Not even Clinton are seeing such gaudy numbers.
Despite being forced to leave the afternoon rally, Bernie drew more than 15,000 supporters to an event that night at the University of Washington's Hec Edmunson Pavilion. Similarly on Sunday, 28,000 more packed the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., and on Monday, an estimated 27,500 people turned out to hear Sanders' call for a "political revolution" at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in California.
It is apparent that the Republicans and the mainstream media can no longer ignore Bernie Sanders and his campaign fueled mainly by small average donations and social media. The Sanders campaign has yet to respond to Trump.