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Josh Marshall

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Today we appear to be going further and further into uncharted territory. After the cancellation of Trump's event yesterday in Chicago, we had the incident at the rally in Dayton, Ohio in which a protestor, Thomas Dimassimo, jumped the security perimeter surrounding Trump and tried to rush the speaking platform. Dimassimo was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic and later released on bail. At a subsequent event and on Twitter, Trump claimed that Dimassimo was tied to ISIS, apparently on the basis of a hoax video his staff found on Youtube. At yet another event this evening Trump called for the mass arrest of protestors, noting that arrest records would leave an "arrest mark" and "ruin the rest of their lives." Trump also repeatedly blamed "communist" Bernie Sanders for what now appear to be the almost constant protests and disruptions at his rallies.

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Chilling, surreal video. Trump supporters streaming out of rally. One yells either at a protestor or member of the press (not clear whether this is considered a distinction any more): "Go to Auschwitz. Go to fucking Auschwitz." Video after the jump

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The New York Times is out with a fascinating look at what led to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the years of spadework and, in the Times telling, a night of humiliation in 2011 that helped galvanize Trump's drive for power and respect in the political world. The night is the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, April 30th, 2011. Trump has already begun his bid to put a footprint in the political world by trying to become the leader of the 'birther' movement, which is to say, the tribal leader of idiots. So he's come as a guest to the White House Correspondents Association dinner, which makes sense since it is where celebrity and political power meet up every year.

But Donald gets much more than he bargained for.

For backers of President Obama, watching him deliver a comedic routine - which every president does at this dinner - is a unique treat. Obama has impeccable comedic timing and an uncanny amount of what the French call sang froid - coolness under pressure. As comedy, it is biting.

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I have referred a number of times to the 'revanchism' of Donald Trump's supporters. The term originated out of the French demand to reclaim the eastern territories it had lost to Prussia in the War of 1870. But the literal meaning of the word is "revenge" or "revengism": revanchism is a politics based on one group seeking revenge on another group and reclaiming from the latter group what was wrongfully taken from it. This kind of political orientation has been clear in the Trump movement from the beginning. But under pressure it's coming even more clearly to the fore.

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The events of the last twenty four hours are a good example: Trump can try to pivot to the general election. But the primaries will insist on coming along too.

As you can see in the feature story, something happened today at a Trump rally in Ohio. What is clear from the video is that while Trump was speaking at an open air rally in Dayton, Ohio, half a dozen of what appear to be Secret Service agents rushed to him to protect his body. I had heard from people who said Trump had been rushed on the stage. But the video shows clearly that that did not happen. Presumably, the agents saw something they believed to be an imminent threat to Trump and rushed to protect him. We will try to find out more about what happened.

Updating my post from yesterday, we continue to have technical issues with our comment system. Our tech team is working on a fix. And we hope to have the issue resolved shortly.

We are fully aware of the 39th amendment's protections of the right to comment and are working to fix the problem as rapidly as we can.

Interesting segment on CNN just now. Jeff Zeleny is explaining that at least outside the Chicago event the crowds were very diverse - ethnically, in terms of age, individuals and families - and orderly, not violent or threatening. A real cross section. Obviously inside the event things got unruly. But that seems to be a very incomplete picture of what happened.

Arm-Grab-Gate has now descended into a bizarre replay of the Kennedy Assassination Zapruder Film. But it seems everybody who touches this story gets splattered with derp. Here's MSNBC having a bit of a hard time. Watch.

Trump today on rally violence: "You know what? The audience swung back. And I thought it was very, very appropriate. He was swinging. He was hitting people. And the audience hit back. And that's what we need a little bit more of."

Full story here.

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