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Bloomberg’s Heilemann Predicts Violence in Streets at RNC Would Hurt Trump’s Chances

Bloomberg’s Heilemann Predicts Violence in Streets at RNC Would Hurt Trump’s Chances

Would Americans Really Follow Lead of Violent Protesters and Vote Against Trump?

John Heilemann, co-host of Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect, surely leans left, but is generally a savvy political analyst in my book. But Heilemann went haywire with his prediction today. He suggested that violence in the streets of Cleveland would hurt Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president.

Really? If there are, as Heilemann said,”images of chaos and disorder” in the streets, wouldn’t Americans tend to turn to Trump, who has cast himself as “the law and order candidate?” And violent anti-Trump protesters, whether or not they expressly say so, would be in essence urging people to support Hillary, not Trump. Are Americans likely to reward Hillary for the violent actions of her, at the very least, tacit supporters? Just as Trump’s numbers went up when unruly protests shut down his rally in Chicago during the primaries, violence at the RNC would likely benefit Trump, in this Insurrectionist’s opinion.

John Heilemann- Violence at Republican Convention Would Hurt Trump’s Election Chances from Mark Finkelstein on Vimeo.

Weigh in, readers: what do you think would be the effect on the election if during the RNC, are TV screens are filled with images of violence perpetrated by anti-Trump protesters?

JOHN HEILEMANN: Reports are that Trump’s family will play a big role [at the convention], and Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Scott Walker will all be speaking. But after a week of daily promises that the full convention schedule will be released, we ain’t got it. And this comes amid widespread concerns about the lack of organization, logistics and security to deal with tens of thousands of demonstrators on the streets of Cleveland. So Mark, considering all of this, how likely do you think it is that the Republican National Convention is going to be a total fustercluck?

MARK HALPERIN: Well look, they are well behind in terms of what they said publicly and according to our reporting what’s going on behind the scenes in slotting a convention that begins in just a few days. On the other hand, this is an area where I think Trump can, and the Trump operation, can kind of defy gravity as long as they fill the time on the stage, as long as stuff happens every day that feeds the beast, that keeps the action moving in the roomj, they’ll be ok. It’s not that much programming. It’s not 24 hours of programming. But it is a high-wire thing here and they are a little bit in danger of falling off the wire.

HEILEMANN: Yes, and look: the big caveat, and I don’t think you’re going to disagree with me when I say this, the big caveat here is the security issues and what happens on the streets of Cleveland. Because given what has happened in America over the course of the last week, images of chaos, images of disorder, images that could get worse than just chaos and disorder, that could involve violence, those kinds of images could quickly overwhelm anything going on the convention stage over the course of the next week. And if that happens, this could really be a mess. Not just in terms of the television production but politically for Donald Trump and his chances to become the next President of the United States.


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Some would call it a self-fulfilled prophecy.

It is not just a prediction.
It is incitement.
By making this suggestion they are giving instructions to the rioters.

    MattMusson in reply to Exiliado. | July 14, 2016 at 8:37 am

    The Press narrative will be:

    Violence at the RNC convention will be all the Republican’s fault. Violence at the DNC will be all the Police Department’s fault.

    ConradCA in reply to Exiliado. | July 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Accidental down arrow with iPhone, sorry. This progressive fascist is encouraging violence at the convention. Tyrant Obama the Liar already paid for the rioters with by giving $750 million of the $17 billion he extorted from BoA to Democratic front groups.

    ConradCA in reply to Exiliado. | July 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Not happy with Trump’s response to the 2 latest black men kill in encounters with the police and the BLM movement. He should tell people to wait until we see the facts as determined by the investigation. That the BLM movement and Obama are just like their fellow Dems in the KKK, they don’t care about facts only the skin color. That they did that with the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray and the facts proved them to be racists and wrong. Obama and Dems are creating hate for their political benefit with lies. Their just like Hitler who won his election with the same type of lies about Jews.

The Humphrey scenario. Just a fevered wet-dream of the left. Situation is so different, the ‘protesters’ mostly paid (but otherwise unemployed) agitators. People will likely see it very differently than Heilemann if the fit indeed hits the shan. Just my guess.

It will, be violent, Cleveland has its orders not to impede the paid agitators…
Hopefully America will see through this.

He hasn’t been paying attention. Every violent protest, every terrorist act, and every other example of Democrat Party and their fellow travellers lawlessness brings more supporters to Trump.

I would say that since there will be many Trump supporters there prepared to counter any violence by the BLM and DNC types that probably nothing will happen.

And if it did and the Trump supporters successfully defended themselves from assault I would guess that would be a plus.

I’m thinking of going because numbers have a quality all their own and if enough show up as preventers then the trouble makers won’t be so able and willing to chase Trump supporters down like dogs as they did in Cali.

Ohioans are not like people in California and their laws are and attitudes are very different. People better be careful even though it is a Democrat run city.

    Char Char Binks in reply to jakee308. | July 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I’m pretty sure anti-Trump hotheads or street thugs could be well taken care of by security, and even by some of the younger Republicans in attendance, but I fear a coordinated military-style terrorist attack of some kind coming from BLM, Anonymous, and/or other lefty fascist Camicie Nere. Either type of disruption would probably sway moderate and undecided voters to Trump.

    Char Char Binks in reply to jakee308. | July 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    So be carful!

All leaders face challenges. Challenges in themselves are not a problem, they’re business as usual. A leader (or a wannabe) is judged by history—and by the voters—by how he meets those challenges. Some rise to the occasion, some funk out and skedaddle.

So far, Trump hasn’t been cowed by the press, by the DNC, by the GOPe, or by any of the other candidates. He doesn’t always make the optimum response to an attack, but so far he hasn’t chickened out, scrambled for cover, or broken out the white flags. Will he be cowed by the mob? I doubt it, but we shall see.

We shall all see.

If he can handle the heat, the election will be Yuuuuggeee. If he can’t, say hello to Madame President.

No, no, John Heilemann has it right… If I, as somebody not yet convinced to support Donald Trump, see my TV filled with images of radical, violent, costumed left wing agitators fighting with the Police and blocking the activities of the Republican Convention… well. I’ll just be TOTALLY convinced that the Democrat governments in charge of that city and this Nation should continue doing what they do, and that the candidate supported by these simple people exercising their First Amendment privileges should succeed over Mr. Trump.

Violence against conservatives by leftists will DEFINITELY make me vote for Mrs. Clinton. Oh yes. Absolutely. I’ll have no choice!

I pray that Democrats are stupid enough to get violent at the RNC convention.

    Rick the Curmudgeon in reply to Olinser. | July 14, 2016 at 12:10 am

    The people wreaking violence on Republican delegates and supporters will never be identified as Democrats, only “grassroots activists.”

    Char Char Binks in reply to Olinser. | July 14, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    They know they’re hurting their cause, but they can’t help themselves.

Will make for excellent ratings! Black Lives Matter racist thugs versus Bikers for Trump! It will bleed, it will lead!

Common Sense | July 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm

That is nothing but wishful thinking!

Any violence by Move On will doing nothing but bring more votes to Trump!

Look at the list of groups that have permits to protest during the RNC.

Without a doubt there will be violence.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

The Coalition to March on the RNC and Dump Trump

Global Zero

Organize Ohio

Citizens for Trump / Our Votes Matter March

People’s Fightback Center / March Against Racism

Stand Together Against Trump

Created Equal

Freedom Road Socialist Organization

Students and Graduate Activists

Legalization For All Network

Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Anti-War Committee

Students for a Democratic Society

Jacksonville Progressive Coalition

Community Uprise

International League of Peoples’ Struggle

U.S. Palestinian Community Network

The Student Union Movement at Milwaukee Area Technical College

Utah Against Police Brutality

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Lucha Unida por Padres y Estudiantes

The republican convention will draw a huge audience.
The democrat convention by contrast will draw Jack Squat.
I did an image comparison between Trump & Hillary rallies a couple months ago. Trump fills stadiums. Hillary struggles to fill a high school auditorium.

And just who are the dumb SOB’s who decided to have the convention in Cleveland, or any other Democrat, Northern urban city? This was done by the GOP’s brightest and is the reason Trump rose to the top.

I don’t normally watch television; but, when I do, it is to watch the riots and collective freak-out at political party national conventions.

I’m really looking forward to the chaos next week at the RNC. If I survive the local Day Of Rage (TM), which will be just 2.2 miles away Friday.

It will be a miracle if no Cleveland PD officers are murdered by BLM terrorists next week.

Progressive liberals are, by their very nature, violent people, so violence caused by them at a Trump rally would be vindication in their eyes of how evil Trump is (to them).

Bring out the riot gear! Zero-tolerance for a domestic terrorist organization! All Lives Matter!

Kasich is allowing some of those groups to protest within the Convention building itself. Unless wiser heads have prevailed. Kasich still thinks that he will be the candidate.

Who else listens to this bozo but Ryan and McConnell and the rest of the crying boehners?

I think Heilemann means that the riots will draw all the attention away from the convention itself, and thus deprive Trump of the usual convention boost.

    Most likely, the news media will treat even the smallest incident at the ‘protests’ as more newsworthy than the convention.

    “We’ll get back to Donald Trump’s speech in a few minutes, but right now we’re going live to downtown where a group of protestors has been violently attacked by police.

    (Camera shows five screaming people, pointing and throwing bottles at a line of riot-clad officers, and remains pointing at them for an hour.)

    “We’re back with convention coverage, and we’re going to our political consultant who will analyze Trump’s speech that you missed and give you the important sections out of it so you know what to think about it.”

I would argue this isn’t so much a prediction as a marching order couched in deniable phrasing.