When one is playing the strongman game, as is Trump, it is critical to maintain a sense of invincibility. Almost every phrase the Donald utters is meant to convey strength compared to everyone else. How many times in his rallies has he belittle Bernie Sanders for being weak and allowing women to come up on stage and take over the microphone while Bernie stood passively in the background?

Meeting after meeting Trump has stood on stage and cheered on his thugs and the crowd to manhandle protesters, whom he demeaned with such words as “go home to mommy.” Then continued with taunts such as “these are not the people who made America great, they are the one ones who are ruining America.” Implying that it is his followers who are America’s chosen ones.

When the protesters were limited in size to a dozen or so it was easy for bully Trump to play his invincibility game. But America’s minorities have been watching with increasing determination to call the bully’s bluff. Last night in Chicago they did, and Trump folded. The minority protesters came not in handfuls but by the thousands.

Local police officials said they had the situation well under control and that there was no need to call off the rally. But Trump took one look at the forces arrayed against him and he knew that to go ahead with the gathering would be to shatter his well groomed image of strength and invincibility.

Thus he reversed course and said for the safety of the crowd that he was calling off the rally. And then turning victim, he whined about not being allowed to hold his meeting. But that is how bullies act. When they are in control they are brutal and when they not they whine about the world being unfair to them. But anyway you cut it, mighty Trump chicken out.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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