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Another anti-Trump protest turns violent, putting Trump closer to the White House

Every time this happens, it strengthens the "we need to 'take our country back' from 'those people'" narrative. It plays right into an Agnew/Nixonesque appeal to the "silent majority". Young Elijah Martinez is absolutely right: this is giving Trump what he wants.

Anti-Trump protesters at Trump rally throw rocks, bottles at Albuquerque police (Washington Post)

ALBUQUERQUE — What began as an assembly of about 1,000 peaceful protesters outside a Donald Trump rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center morphed into madness Tuesday evening when mostly young, raucous rioters joined the ranks, hurling burning T-shirts, rocks and bottles toward the police and police horses trying to contain them.

Several Albuquerque police officers were injured by the projectile rocks, and at least one rioter had been arrested by the end of the night, the department tweeted....


Monte Cristo Martinez and his 14-year-old son, Elijah, live not far from the convention center....

“I figured Trump’s gonna be here, nobody likes him, and something’s gonna happen,” Monte Cristo said.

“I don’t think this is right,” he said. “I don’t think this is the way to get things done.”

His son cast an even more critical eye on the protests: “They’re just giving [Trump] what he wants.”

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