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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

What Two Leading Liberal Columnists Say About the Chicago Protests

March 17, 2016
Richard Cohen writes for the Washington Post and Lanny Davis writes for The Hill

Richard Cohen:

"If Nathaniel Lewis is not careful he's going to get Donald Trump Elected. Lewis was one of the organizers of the demonstration in Chicago that closed down a Trump campaign event....But while the protesters are entitled to make their case, so is Trump. If they have free speech, so does he. A silent protest is one thing; a mass attempt to shout him down-in other words, to silence him-is something else entirely. The response is often violence."


Lanny Davis:

"When I read about the Chicago protesters last week cheering after Donald Trump canceled his campaign rally as a result of their efforts, I knew a lot of anti-Trump Democrats were also happy. But my first reaction? Ouch. As these protests against Trump inevitably continue, I believe those of us who are progressives and are offended by the GOP front-runner's bigoted and hateful language should worry about conduct that ends up thwarting First Amendment rights-his as well as that of his audiences. I especially fear attempts to disrupt or shut down Trump's rallies could end up achieving the near-impossible: making Trump look sympathetic."