Presidential candidate Donald Trump postponed a rally in Chicago, Illinois late Friday as Black Lives Matter and pro-Islam groups massed outside Chicago Pavilion. Protesters shouted “Black Lives Matter,” and “Muslim Lives Matter” before attacking police and attendees.
Violence erupted. A Chicago police officer was attacked. Black Lives Matter supporters attacked a U.S. Marine vet. BLM blocked roads.
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) March 12, 2016
Crowds chanted “Muslim Lives Matter” outside the pavilion, while Islamists waded into the pro-Trump crowd inside.
It was a chaotic scene after the Trump campaign announced the postponement out of safety concerns.
Of course, I had to get a few Tweets in.
Ironic Black Lives Matter protesting Trump in Chicago, but not the 100 black on black murders in Chi-town this year. pic.twitter.com/icd8uy7u8t
— Jeff Rainforth (@iResistAll) March 12, 2016
FOX News reported on the situation:
CHICAGO – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump canceled one of his signature rallies Friday, saying he didn’t want to see “people get hurt” after protesters packed into the Chicago arena where it was to take place.
The announcement that the billionaire businessman would postpone the rally until another day led a large portion of the crowd inside the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion to break out into raucous cheers. Meanwhile, supporters of the candidate started chanting “We want Trump! We want Trump!”
There were isolated physical confrontations between some members of the crowd after the event was canceled.
Speaking later with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Trump said he had arrived in Chicago two hours earlier and about 25,000 people were trying to enter the arena.
After meeting with law enforcement authorities, he said, “I didn’t want to see people get hurt (so) I decided to postpone the rally…
“What we did was intelligent,” Trump said. “A very good decision..a wise decision.”
He also told Van Susteren, “if we had the rally, I think it would not have been a good situation.” But, he added, “Our First Amendment rights have been violated.”