Thousands of protesters successfully forced Donald Trump to call off a Chicago rally tonight, citing security concerns. The announcement that the event was being postponed caused crowds to erupt into cheers inside of the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion, where Trump was scheduled to speak.
Trump’s campaign issued the following 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. Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.
Protesters triumphantly chanted, “We stopped Trump! We stopped Trump!” While others chanted, “Racists go home! Racists go home!” Many jumped up and down shouting “F*ck Trump!” and still others yelled “Bernie! Bernie!”
Police officers both on foot and on horseback struggled to keep Trump supporters separate from the protesters. So far, there are no confirmed reports of violence.
Tens of thousands of people had signed a petition asking the university to cancel the event, citing the repeated violent incidents that have occurred against people of color at Trump’s rallies, and read: “UIC should not be host to hate.”
The university ignored their plea for the event to be canceled, citing freedom of speech. The school’s chancellor issued a statement insisting that the school “is not endorsing, sponsoring or supporting any candidate for political office,” but said the institution has a longstanding tradition of hosting campaign events. He added that there is no legal basis to exclude a candidate “because of the views he or she expresses.”
The protest was planned when the school announced they would not reconsider having the billionaire bigot speak at the university’s pavilion. At the time of this writing, the streets of Chicago were still filled with protesters.
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