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Did Anti-Trump Protesters Actually Help Trump?

Human nature at work.
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As we know now, Donald Trump dominated the Republican electoral competitions on March 15, taking Florida, Missouri, Illinois, and North Carolina. On Friday, March 11, the nation watched as a coalition of different Left-leaning groups descended upon a Trump rally in Chicago and effectively shut it down through disruptions and protests.

The question going into the March 15 primaries was what role those protests would have on voting. Interestingly, Monmouth University released its poll on March 14 that revealed that showed respondents were actually more likely to vote for Trump after the protests than before.

“The three trailing candidates all called out the frontrunner after violence broke out at a planned Trump rally in Chicago Friday night. Poll respondents interviewed on Saturday and Sunday were asked how that incident affected their vote intentions. Most (66%) say it had no impact on their support. However, twice as many said it made them more likely (22%) rather than less likely (11%) to support Trump. Additionally, Monmouth pollsters found that Trump’s lead in Florida increased with each night of interviewing, although it is not clear whether this was directly related to the events in Chicago or other factors in the campaign’s final days, such as advertising.”

Here’s the poll question and data: 

If the protesters and their violence actually drove people to vote for Trump, there’s some delicious irony there. With images such as these combined with the general demographics of Trump supporters, should we really be that surprised? 


If the protesters' goal was to dissuade people from voting for Trump, it appears they may have failed tremendously. Like the Washington elite, they too may have misread the mood of many Americans. 



Devin Foley

Devin Foley

Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Charlemagne Institute, which operates Intellectual Takeout, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and the Alcuin Internship. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Charlemagne Institute, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota.

Devin is a contributor to local and national newspapers, a frequent guest on a variety of talk shows, such as Minneapolis' KTLK and NPR's Talk of the Nation, and regularly shares culture and education insights presenting to civic groups, schools, and other organizations. In 2011, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation.

Devin and his wife have been married for eighteen years and have six children. When he's not working, Devin enjoys time with family while also relaxing through reading, horticulture, home projects, and skiing and snowboarding.

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