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Rick Sanchez: Trump recklessly lied in Chicago just to own the 24-hour news cycle

Protesters outside the of the University of Illinois on March 11, 2016 in Chicago.

Protesters outside the of the University of Illinois on March 11, 2016 in Chicago.  (2016 Getty Images)

I thought I had finally run out of things to write or say about Donald Trump, and then it happened. Chicago happened — proving to the world once again that he is a true evil genius.

Imagine what kind of low life scum would actually be willing to get people hurt or even killed just for the sake of attention. Can you say Donald Trump?

Did he ever confer with police to make sure it was the right thing to do? No! Did he make the situation worse? Of course he did. Did he get exactly what he wanted, though? Absolutely.

- Rick Sanchez

Here’s what we thought we knew. We were told the recent melee at the University of Illinois at Chicago was caused when rowdy protesters scuffled with Trump supporters causing campaign officials to postpone the event. That’s the story Trump put out. In fact, he even blamed Chicago police.  

Sadly, here’s how it works: Trump says it and the media, even serious news organizations like the NY Times, buy it — hook, line and sinker. In fact, here’s the Times headline the very next day: "Donald Trump’s Rally in Chicago Canceled After Violent Scuffles."

Turns out that was a lie. In fact, it was such a bald-faced lie that both Chicago and UIC police have since put out statements refuting it — refuting Trump’s entire line of bull. Let’s examine Trump’s first line: “We met with security and the law enforcement, who I think did a terrific job, and they told me it’d be best not to go in and do the speech.”

Now, what police said: “The Chicago Police Department had no role,” Chicago Police Interim Supt. John Escalante told reporters. “In fact, I can tell you we did assure the Trump campaign that we had more than adequate resources outside the UIC Pavilion and that we guaranteed them we could provide safe access and exit for Mr. Trump.”

But it appears “safe” is not what Trump had in mind on that night. What Trump actually did was sabotage the police efforts. In fact, newly released video now shows that prior to the cancelation there were no scuffles, no clashes and no violence. Surprise, surprise — the media is hoodwinked once again by Donald Trump because they fail to ask questions and mistake him for a credible or believable person.  

Remember the headline: Donald Trump’s Rally in Chicago Canceled After Violent Scuffles? Well, if it were accurate it would have read: Donald Trump’s Rally in Chicago Canceled ‘BEFORE’ Violent Scuffles. That’s right, the scuffles only happened when Trump canceled the rally thereby angering the crowd just enough to cause violent clashes.

Did he ever confer with police to make sure it was the right thing to do? No! Did he make the situation worse? Of course he did. Did he get exactly what he wanted, though? Absolutely.

While we’re asking questions, let’s continue and see if some of the following interrogatories bring us closer to understanding the real Donald Trump.  

Did Donald Trump set the crowd on each other knowing full well their subsequent clashes would make headlines, thereby victimizing him?  

Did Donald Trump need to own the 24-hour news cycle once again before the next round of Tuesday primaries in Florida and Ohio, where the races were suddenly tightening?  

Did Donald Trump concoct some kind of Machiavellian strategy to make peaceful black protesters look like “thugs,” thereby getting even more sympathy and votes from his white supporters?  

Did Donald Trump do all this knowing full well that people and/or police have been hurt and even killed in disturbances like the one he seemed to catalyze in Chicago last weekend?

The answers to all if not most of the questions is YES, which leads me back to the question of Donald Trump as an evil genius. Smart and sinister is what he has to be to pull off what he just did in Chicago.  

I couldn’t do something like that — neither could you, I bet.  It’s hard to be that way: that sinister, that evil. In fact, I suspect that very soon when you look up either one of those words in the dictionary the name you’ll find next to it in the column marked synonyms will be Donald Trump.   

Rick Sanchez is a contributor for Fox News Latino.

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