Chicago protesters have shut down the Donald Trump rally at the UIC Pavilion, an event venue on the University of Illinois campus, after days of petitioning the venue to cancel the event. Protesters inside the venue effectively turned the rally into a demonstration, forcing the campaign to postpone the event.
UIC students had specifically taken issue with the rally taking place on the UIC campus, noting that “the platform Donald Trump would announce at the UIC Pavilion is a direct attack on much of the UIC student body – from mass deportation to a ban on muslims to a refusal to denounce the KKK, not to mention regular insults to women.”
According to the AP, the crowd that showed up to the Pavilion was about half supporters and half protesters for the first time in Trump’s campaign. Verbal altercations were taking place at the beginning of the protest, and isolated physical altercations took place between supporters and protesters after the event was canceled, which, I have a hunch, the Trump campaign will claim were the sole responsibility of the protesters, whether or not that’s the truth.
A release on Trump’s website reads, “Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago, and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed until another date. Thank you very much for your attendance. And please go in peace.”
Trump spoke to MSNBC, saying that “there’s a lot of anger in this country,” but refusing to believe that any of it is legitimately directed at him or his campaign, which at this point amounts to living in denial, no?