Rowdy Trump rally in Chicago akin to Wallace event in Detroit in 1968

George Wallace and Donald Trump had similar campaign tactics.
George Wallace and Donald Trump had similar campaign tactics.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Decades before thousands of protesters prompted Donald Trump to cancel a rally in Chicago on Friday, demonstrators forced segregationist George Wallace to cut his speech short at Cobo hall in Detroit.

It was October 1968, and Wallace was taunting hecklers, as he had done for most of his failed campaign for president.

“Wallace pummeled a group of demonstrators and tore their signs,” the Chicago Tribune wrote.

Before long, “wild, chair-swinging violence erupted,” and some protesters were beaten by police and Wallace supporters.

“Wallace supporters struck handcuffed hecklers as they were being led away by police,” the Chicago Tribune wrote. “One plainclothes policeman, using a pair of handcuffs as brass knuckles, cut the face of a heckler who shoved him.”

On Friday, thousands of protesters rallied inside and outside Trump’s planned speech at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Fearing violence would break out, Trump canceled the speech.

Hundreds of protesters inside the arena chanted, “We stopped Trump!”

Like Wallace, Trump has tapped into the anger, fear and anxieties of many Americans. He routinely taunts protesters and has advocated violence against them.

On Wednesday, a white Trump supporter sucker-punched a black protester in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A day earlier, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski “forcibly” grabbed a female reporter for the Breitbart news site when she tried to ask Trump a question at a press conference. On March 1, a group of Trump supporters surrounded and shoved a black woman in Louisville, Kentucky.

Trump often seems to enjoy the protests, often saying, “Isn’t this fun, folks?”

Wallace was known for doing the same thing.

“Wallace has welcomed hecklers, shouting back at them to elicit exuberant cheers from his supporters,” the Chicago Tribune reported in 1968 .

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • mediabites

    “Independent”news with a political bent
    Silly me for thinking independence is corroborative with apolitical.
    Good to know.

  • Harry Palmer

    You forgot to mention the major difference.
    Wallace was disavowed by the Democratic party at the height of those disturbances…
    The GOP still is endorsing Trump if he’s the nominee.

  • bruce

    if we shut his trump ass down it will serve him right… lets see how that old creep likes it when he gets sucker punch in jail… remember most people in jail in the south are black and they aren’t supporting trump

  • Ballsy Terri

    If several thousand people opposed to Secretary Clinton’s campaign showed up at one her rallies trying to prevent her from speaking, would the Motor City MuckRaker call it a protest?

    • Dongald Trumpenis

      What would they call it if thousands of protesters showed up at the Bush and Cheney mansions and dragged them out and hanged them? Justice, I’m thinking.

      • Ballsy Terri

        Would the Muckraker call it a protest?

      • javierjuanmanuel

        Anything you are mad at bush any cheney for, also existed and was done under obama.

        You racist d bag

        • Tom

          Really? I know many of us myself included don’t know as much U.S. history as we should but I don’t remember a day when hijacked airliners were flown into buildings during Obama’s first or current term.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Bush did not do that, the penisface suggested bush and cheney were uniquely deserving of a mob lynching.

            It happened under clinton, early in clintons first term, he had a chance to get bin ladin and chose not to do it, because some creep prince was hanging out with him in a desert cave.

            You do know the same building was attacked twice by the same group, right? So why would you bring up bush only ? lol retard You could not pick a worse example lol.

        • Donald E. Hodge

          Like what…?…..Make sure you get all the way on the soap box this time.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Wars that were not voted on and declared by congress, bail outs, war crimes, torture, covert cia and fbi stuff, starting wars, anything they did not environmental.

            What did bush do that the left does not like, that obama did not do ?

            Do you live in an isolated cave ? You sound like a real racist azz if you hate bush for things obama did, and he is not getting flack from the left for doing.

            WTF !

          • Donald E. Hodge

            Ok lets see, Wars that weren`t voted on..?…unlike Iraq #2 that Bush lied about to get going. we are still fighting the wars Bush started. How am I a Racist? show me where and I mean anywhere that I said anything racist about Bush? when do you get out of High school anyway? why can`t you just admit you hate obama because he`s black. Do you truly think Bush was a great President!….. I mean really. when you know what you are talking about we can engage. until then remember one thing. after you move out of your parents basement, you will not be able to live on your paper route money.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            You effing dope, I said that. The left hated that congress did not technically declare war, they just voted to fund it. Obama has gone to many places, and deposed leaders.

            You are racist because you hate bush for doing what obama has done, yet do not hate obama. You are so hateful, and so racist it effects your ability to read.

            The racist part is no one is upset about the same things. Put a black guy behind the podium, and there is never any friendly fire. Never collateral damage. It does not matter if they bothered to report it, its not slanted that its PERSONALLY obama and bidens fault.

            Where did I say bush was a great president, I said all the things the left hated about him, and would go to his house and drag him out for, obama also did. See what I mean about being so racist it prevents you from reading correctly.

            Go reread my first statement, it was very clear.

            I do not hate obama becaue he is black you fool, half my heros in my life have been black. From jackie robinson and joe louis books from when I was little, to almost all my athlete heros, half the entertainers and comedians I love, I love colon powell, I like ben carson, I have a bro love for my local news guys. Know my two favorite local news guys ? Smooth Huel Perkins, and my man on the streets the legand Al Allen.

            I have black roomates in the past, black family, I think I can bring up the media giving obama a pass on everything they hated about bush, that does not make me racist, it means I can remember 2000-2008. You sound like it might be a hazy period of crack induced stupor, why cant you remember it ?!

          • Donald E. Hodge

            you have no idea what or how I think of our pres. I just enjoy watching you walk into moronic banter . thanks again Mr. Superior. If it wasn`t for you I wouldn`t know how to think at all

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Wars that were not voted on and declared by congress, bail outs, war crimes, torture, covert cia and fbi stuff, starting wars, anything they did not environmental.

            What did bush do that the left does not like, that obama did not do ?

            Do you live in an isolated cave ? You sound like a real racist azz if you hate bush for things obama did, and he is not getting flack from the left for doing.

            WTF !

      • javierjuanmanuel

        Anything you are mad at bush any cheney for, also existed and was done under obama.

        You racist d bag

    • Dongald Trumpenis

      What would they call it if thousands of protesters showed up at the Bush and Cheney mansions and dragged them out and hanged them? Justice, I’m thinking.

    • Donald E. Hodge

      Well why don’t you get all those people together and do that, and we will just see if that happens.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        Do you think she will let a white dude yank the mic from her hand like she did with blm, and let them take over?

        She also let them take over a fundraiser.

        Don, if you are not black, just for the sake if science go running at her with yiur hand in the air and see how it ends for you.

        See if you can calmly walk next to her abd wrestle a mic from her hand, then you get to command the room for the next 15 minutes.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        Do you think she will let a white dude yank the mic from her hand like she did with blm, and let them take over?

        She also let them take over a fundraiser.

        Don, if you are not black, just for the sake if science go running at her with yiur hand in the air and see how it ends for you.

        See if you can calmly walk next to her abd wrestle a mic from her hand, then you get to command the room for the next 15 minutes.

    • Donald E. Hodge

      Well why don’t you get all those people together and do that, and we will just see if that happens.