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(34,195 posts)
Sat May 28, 2016, 06:21 PM May 2016

Poll: Will the anti-Trump demonstations hurt or help Trump?

It seems anti-Trump street demonstrations are appearing wherever Trump travels to speak.
Do you think these will help or hurt Trump's Presidential race?

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Poll: Will the anti-Trump demonstations hurt or help Trump? (Original Post) left-of-center2012 May 2016 OP
Solidifies support with the base.....don't know if the center moves his way beachbumbob May 2016 #1
Other, in that it's meat for his base, but will make independents wary of supporting him. OnDoutside May 2016 #2
Agree BlueNoMatterWho May 2016 #3
This. It depends on the nature of the protest. Ace Rothstein May 2016 #5
It bothers many of us on the Left too Reter May 2016 #15
This will not affect his base. If anything, the white supremacists will just be more enthusiastic. Agnosticsherbet May 2016 #4
I believe that Trump wanted televised conflict and violence in his campaign as a strategy. braddy May 2016 #6
I think that's why he came here to New Mexico left-of-center2012 May 2016 #7
Depends, and a lot depends on the reporting nadinbrzezinski May 2016 #8
There May Be a Lot of Things at Play, On the Road May 2016 #9
right now it's a draw..but if Cleveland Softail1 May 2016 #10
You mean what happened in San Diego nadinbrzezinski May 2016 #11
I agree with this assessment Skittles May 2016 #16
Marketing genius by his campaign madville May 2016 #12
And his supporters are doing this on the way out from the rallies nadinbrzezinski May 2016 #13
Message auto-removed Name removed May 2016 #14
mixed bag, i think 0rganism May 2016 #17


(880 posts)
3. Agree
Sat May 28, 2016, 06:27 PM
May 2016

I agree but images of American flags being burned while Mexican flags fly high may bother some in the middle.



(2,188 posts)
15. It bothers many of us on the Left too
Sat May 28, 2016, 10:05 PM
May 2016

I don't like seeing flags being burned. Don't pick on an entire country when only a small minority has voted for Trump so far.



(3,585 posts)
6. I believe that Trump wanted televised conflict and violence in his campaign as a strategy.
Sat May 28, 2016, 06:54 PM
May 2016

At first it looked to me that he was trying to whip up his own followers to serve the purpose, but then the anti-Trumps started showing up, and Trump was fine with that, since he got what he wanted regardless of who was supplying what he needed.

I think all this plays into Trump's hands and that he is, and will, use it to play off of, Trump did NOT want a no conflict, calm campaign.


(34,195 posts)
7. I think that's why he came here to New Mexico
Sat May 28, 2016, 06:59 PM
May 2016

It's a heavily Hispanic state, and he expected the protest he got.

On the Road

(20,783 posts)
9. There May Be a Lot of Things at Play,
Sat May 28, 2016, 08:05 PM
May 2016

but two things that help Trump:

1) Trump has been effective at getting disproportionate coverage and attention to the point where other candidates get all the air sucked out of the room. This is another ongoing storyline about Trump.

2)The issue becomes either taking the side of Trump or of an anonymous protester who may not be the best representative of the party. Trump v Clinton is superior to Trump v protester.



(56 posts)
10. right now it's a draw..but if Cleveland
Sat May 28, 2016, 08:13 PM
May 2016

turns into all out mayhem, and the city gets torched...then Hillary will be toast, because it will all get hung around the Dem's neck...I personally think a better strategy is for the large peaceful protests, with speakers, and a hopeful message..much more effective than masked people, hurling projectiles, and fighting with cops.



(154,021 posts)
11. You mean what happened in San Diego
Sat May 28, 2016, 08:19 PM
May 2016

The media is manipulating you guys. Serious. It got ugly after Trump was done. Guess who started it? Oh wait...trump supporters.

Here, first hand. We had a good perch



(7,417 posts)
12. Marketing genius by his campaign
Sat May 28, 2016, 08:31 PM
May 2016

Free media coverage, if things turn violent it allows them to just point while they claim to be right, easily frame the protests as anti-American, etc, etc. Seems like a net positive for his campaign, keeps his supporters fired up.

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(24,226 posts)
17. mixed bag, i think
Sun May 29, 2016, 12:46 AM
May 2016

on the one hand, Trump seems to feed off the energy and so do his ardent supporters
on the other hand, someone who shows up to protest Trump is a visible voter lost to the GOP for this election cycle, and quite possibly their friends and family too

the police response to crack down on protests energizes a base which thrives on demonstrative repression of vocal minorities
at the same time, it shows many in the electorate that a Trump-run government would be unstable and repressive, which is still unpopular

so mixed bag, i think it's a wash.

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