Don’t Silence Donald Trump

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Recent Trump rallies have been ambushed by protesters. Things got pretty nasty in Chicago, where he cancelled his rally because of violent clashes beforehand. Should we be protesting against Trump, and we should applaud his rally’s cancellation?

Of course the protesters have valid points. Trump has made statements that by all appearances make him seem racist, misogynistic, vulgar, and downright childish. This is not new, but it’s rather what fuels his campaign and earns him the votes of all his angry followers.

But protesting against Trump’s campaign is not a win for anyone but Trump. 

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Protesters are just feeding the fire

If his voters are all angry, then protesting against him will only make them angrier. It will also make it seem as if Trump is really taking on the “establishment” to such an extent that they’re willing to protest. His supporters will spin this in so many ways they’ll be dizzy, but in the end Trump will only come out looking better.

Violent protesters are dangerous to our democratic process

Silencing candidates is not beneficial for our country. Sure, many people might enjoy seeing Trump shut down, but what if it were happening to your candidate? What if special interest groups started hiring violent protesters to cause trouble until your candidate had to cancel his or her rallies? The threat to democracy and free speech is large, and we should not support the actions of these protesters, nor should we revel in their victory in Chicago.

And what’s more, now that Trump is actually starting to discuss policies, it’s becoming more and more obvious how empty he really is. Silencing him will only perpetuate the nebulous myth that he actually has any coherent thought about public or foreign policy.

So the best thing for democracy, and the best thing to hurt Trump’s campaign, is to let him keep speaking.


About Todd Scacewater

Todd is a Teaching Fellow in New Testament and PhD candidate at Westminster Seminary in Hermeneutics. He holds a Th.M. in New Testament and a B.A. in Political Science, and has served the church in music, college, youth, children, and discipleship ministries.