The pushback against Trumps racism and encouragement of KKK tactics against protesters at his rallies is gaining steam. Two days before the Primary in Ohio, Drumph has to cancel another rally, this time in Cincinnati.
Donald Trump has cancelled a planned rally in Cincinnati, a day after a postponed Chicago rally descended into chaotic clashes between supporters and anti-Trump protesters .
The rally in Cincinnati was due to take place on Sunday afternoon , two days ahead of Tuesday’s Ohio primary, in which the Republican frontrunner will seek to knock Ohio governor John Kasich from the presidential race.
Political leaders on both sides of the party divide, meanwhile, tried to dress wounds that were opened in Chicago. Hillary Clinton said “violence has no place in our politics”, and Republicans John Kasich and Ted Cruz pinned blamed on Trump for the inflammatory rhetoric.
Friday’s Trump event saw myriad protesters, including students and people affiliated with the black lives matter movement, demonstrate against Trump’s policies on immigration and racially tinged rhetoric.
The protest, which produced scuffles and arrests, including that of an Indian American CBS reporter who was charged with resisting arrest, came after days of escalating political rhetoric and violent incidents at Trump events.
Trump himself has suggested in recent months that protesters at his events should be “ taken out on stretchers ”, and said he would like to punch a demonstrator in the face.
On Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to say : “The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our first amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America!”
He also told a crowd in Vandalia, Ohio, that his supporters in Chicago “were so nice” and “caused no problem”. He instead blamed “these other people”, naming Bernie Sanders supporters specifically, as the culprits who “taunted” and “harrassed” his fans.
Trump’s Republican rivals were quick to condemn his speech. On Saturday, Marco Rubio, whose last presidential hopes rest with his home state, which also votes on Tuesday, hedged on whether he would support Trump as the Republican nominee.
Addressing reporters ahead of a rally in Largo, Florida , the senator offered a blistering critique of frontrunner’s incitement of violence.
“It’s called chaos, anarchy and that’s what we’re careening toward,” Rubio said. “We are being ripped apart at the seams now, and it’s disturbing. I am sad for this country. This country is supposed to be an example to the world.”
Asked if he would still support Trump if he were the party’s nominee, as he pledged to do at a debate in Detroit a week ago, the senator responded: “I don’t know. I intend to support the Republican nominee, but [it’s] getting harder every day.”
Kasich also appeared to waver on the question of backing Trump, according to reporters with the governor in Sharonville, Ohio, on Saturday. “It makes it extremely difficult,” he said, of the violence in Chicago.
On Friday night, the Texas senator Ted Cruz, Trump’s nearest rival for the nomination, accused the billionaire developer of whipping up tensions.
“When you have a campaign that is accused of physical violence against members of the press,” Cruz said, “you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discord.”