After a week that saw multiple incidents of alleged violence, Donald Trump‘s rally this evening in Chicago has been postponed in the midst of large protests against the GOP presidential frontrunner.
Via The Hill:
A Trump campaign staffer took the stage, about 30 minutes after the rally was supposed to start at 7 p.m., and said that Trump had just arrived to Chicago.
He said the rally would be postponed because of security concerns.
The crowd erupted into screams and boos.
His campaign released a statement: “Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.”
Since the announcement was made, protesters and Trump supporters clashed inside and outside of the venue and several people broke out into fist fights.
CNN and Fox News are playing footage that shows hundreds of protestors chanting and holding signs critical of Trump, surrounding the location of the GOP front-runner’s rally in Chicago, Ill.
The large protests come on the heels of a Trump rally earlier this week where a man was charged with assault and battery after video surfaced showing him punching a man in the face.
The real estate mogul himself on Thursday night said he doesn’t “condone” the violent behavior at his campaign events.
Folks, this is getting out of hand. Whatever your personal opinions on Donald Trump may be — clearly, Americans are polarized on this — you’ve got to hand it to Trump for coming out and declaring he doesn’t condone this violence. That’s more than our current president has done in addressing the likes of Black Lives Matter. In fact, one can’t deny the president’s role in getting our country to this current level of division and polarization.
Let’s pray that this situation doesn’t continue to escalate.
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]