Obligatory Trump Thinkpiece

The country is currently embroiled in heated debate after activists in Chicago shut down a Donald Trump rally Friday night. Many are praising the activists who worked together to deny Trump a platform to speak in their city, while others are fretting about what this may mean for the future of the First Amendment, and its protections of Freedom of Speech.

It’s true that the First Amendment protects citizens from governmental repercussions for their speech. It is also true that the First Amendment grants citizens the right to peaceably assemble without fear of legal ramifications. So what does this mean in terms of citizens gathering to shout down Trump? It’s very complex, so I’ll break it down for you:

Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.
Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you a platform.

Are there any further questions?

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Elle Armageddon

Elle Armageddon is a Bay Area-born feminist, activist, blogger, glitter enthusiast, and smartass. In addition to writing, furiously tweeting, and mucking around with a chemistry set that looks suspiciously like a bar, you can also find her providing medical and legal support for protesters, babysitting her niblings, and climbing things at her local gym. If you'd like to support her writing, you may do so at https://patreon.com/armageddon She can also be found on Twitter: @OaklandElle

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