I attend political rallies whenever I can, of any party, person or persuasion. Accordingly, I was at the Convention Center when Donald Trump came to San Diego last week.
I didn’t get into the speech — no surprise there — and so stood with the partisans and protesters directly across the street, on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade.
The MLK Promenade consists of a number of granite plaques with words attributed to the man. The plaques are at ground level, nestled off the sidewalk and into the grass, and you can miss them if you don’t take time to notice.
Here are direct quotes from the candidate speaking so loudly across the street along with images of the ever silent plaques.
“The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.”
–Fox & Friends | December 2, 2015
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
– DonaldJTrump.com | December 7, 2015
“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest – and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”
Twitter | May 8, 2013
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.”
–Presidential Announcement Speech | June 16, 2015
35 people were arrested at the Convention Center that day. Sticks, stones and bottles were thrown. The police, in riot gear, dispersed the crowd.
Almost no one stopped to read the plaques.
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