Spurred on by racist rhetoric, and calls for vicious attacks on lone protesters at Trump campaign rallies – the folks in Chicago decided to push back in what may well be the first of a series of major counter protests.
This ain’t America of the 1920’s. or 1950’s anymore where going after Minorities was a safe bet because they as a group were less than 20% of the population. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, and other minority groups now make up 40% of the population. And I have tried to explain to some of my recalcitrant friends and associates – there is no shortage of “brass cajones” on the side of folks who oppose Trump’s racism.
Chaos broke out after the event was called off.
• Thousands of protesters show up with tickets to rally
• At least two officers, two attendees injured
• Several fights, heated arguments, Nazi salutes, five arrests
• Trump still insists: ‘I’m a unifier’
A Donald Trump rally that attracted thousands to the University of Illinois at Chicago was abruptly canceled Friday night amid his campaign’s security fears, sparking shouting and scuffling between the candidate’s fans and anti-Trump protesters.
Chicago police said two officers were hurt, including one who was struck on the head with a bottle. At least two other people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to news reports. Five people were arrested.
The rally was called off about a half-hour after the scheduled 6 p.m. start time, after thousands of Trump fans and anti-Trump protesters packed into the free event, which required online registration. Thousands more gathered outside, surrounded by a police perimeter, and people became more vocal as the starting time approached.
Chaos broke out when the cancelation was announced, according to media reports from inside the pavilion. CBS News said reporter Sopan Deb, who covers the Trump campaign, was detained by authorities.
“I have never seen anything like it. It’s amazing,” CNN’s Jim Acosta said. The network said approximately 8,500 people were at the rally.
Violence has become a recurring theme at Trump events, with protesters beingbeaten, shoved, kicked and verbally abused. Trump has encouraged supporters to attack protesters, saying they should “hit back” more often, and has offered to pay legal fees if they do.
Clashes between protesters and Trump supporters at a St. Louis rally earlier on Friday led to at least one injury and 32 arrests. On Wednesday, a Trump supporter at a North Carolina rally sucker-punched a protester and was charged with assault and battery.
Trump said later Friday on CNN he had “no regrets” about his tough talk, including a remark that protesters, in the old days, would be “carried out on stretchers.”
“You can’t even have a rally anymore in this country,” Trump complained on MSNBC shortly after the Chicago cancelation. He added: “There’s a lot of anger in the country, and it’s very sad to see.”
In a subsequent appearance on Fox News, Trump told Greta Van Susteren it was “a good decision” to cancel the rally.
“I am a unifier,” he said, even though thousands had gathered at the event to protest him.