Trump’s rally in Texas seemed to go very differently than the ones that took place in California, and none of his supporters were harmed or attacked. Do you think there’s a reason for this? Short answer: Yes; and it’s a big one. The fact that Texas is an open carry state might have been the reason:
Protesters massed outside, but so did pro-Trump ‘open carry’ activists legally toting rifles as they watched.
A group of pro-Trump activists from the ‘open-carry’ movement brought their rifles to Trump’s event, a practice that is legal in Texas – but Secret Service wouldn’t allow the weapons inside.
One anti-Trump protester did attack by throwing a rock at a reporter’s head. That protester is lucky he didn’t hit an open-carry Trump supporter:
Update: Dallas Advocate photographer Danny Fulgencio, hit with rock at Trump rally, was treated by medics and is OK pic.twitter.com/T4VU7y9hlq
— ScottGordonNBC5 (@ScottGordonNBC5) June 17, 2016
Donald Trump landed deep in the heart of Texas on Thursday and asked for a ride on a mechanical bull – or some other hooved animal – as he curried favor with Lone Star Republicans by pledging to embroider ‘Make America Great Again’ on cowboy hats.
Speaking to about 4,000 people inside Gilley’s, a honky-tonk music hall in Dallas, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee joked that he couldn’t see the joint’s signature prop – the mechanical bull made famous by the 1980 John Travolta-Debra Winger movie ‘Urban Cowboy.’
Only in Trump’s world, the test of drunken manhood that tosses bar patrons in the air was a horse, not a bull.
‘I’ve read about this place for a long time! Where’s that horse? I want to go on the horse!’ he boomed. ‘Hey, you wanna hit the papers tomorrow? Let’s get that horse. I’ll ride that horse.’
He did eject a half-dozen protesters, including one pasty, bearded 40-something man wearing a white cowboy hat.
‘I like cowboy hats,’ Trump said, ‘but I like the “make America great” hats too.’
‘Hey! You know, the protester just gave me an idea: We’ll say “Make America Great Again” on a cowboy hat, right?’
‘I love that idea!’ he yelled. ‘Thank you, mister protester! Boy, that’s going to sell well in Dallas, let me tell you.’
Read more: Daily Mail