Police Refute Trump's Claims About Safety at Chicago Rally
Five people were arrested and two officers injured at cancelled rally
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, face off with protesters after a rally on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago was cancelled due to security concerns Friday,...   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump cancelled a planned rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday night after hundreds of protestors set up inside and outside the event. The announcement was greeted by cheers from protestors and chants of "We want Trump" from supporters. CNN reports a few small fights broke out, leading to five arrests and the injury of two police officers. Here's everything you need to know about what happened in the Windy City:

  • The Chicago Tribune calls the outcome at the rally "hardly surprising" and "entirely predictable." "A flammable brew of populist anger, campaign mismanagement, a candidate’s own provocative encouragement and protesters fighting back—quite literally—finally found its fuse."
  • CNN talks to one dancing protester, who says she's "never been more proud of my city," to get the anti-Trump side's motivation: "I'm protesting because I'm black and Mexican, and I'm not sure where he wants to deport me to. But I deal with racism daily in Chicago, and I've had enough."
  • Reuters reports Trump blames "thugs" for what happened at the rally. "The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our First Amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America," the news agency quotes Trump.
  • Crooks and Liars weighs in on a viral photo showing an older Trump supporter giving a Nazi salute outside the cancelled rally. "The sad thing is not that crazy lady did crazy, but that crazy lady felt that her crazy was entirely welcome and appropriate at a Trump rally. It's not that she represented them, they and their leader represented her."
  • According to the Independent, the Chicago Police Department refutes Trump's claims that he cancelled the rally only after meeting with them to discuss safety concerns, saying they had enough officers to handle the situation. "The CPD had no role, we were not consulted or provided an opinion as to whether or not the event should be cancelled." Chicago's interim police superintendent says.
  • The Chicago Tribune, again, states it's unclear how the events of Friday night will affect Tuesday's Illinois primary. "The viral images of a largely young, ethnically and racially diverse group of protesters erasing his Chicago event" could help Trump, but they could also "lead some Republican voters to reconsider whether he could win in the fall."
  • Mark Brown at the Chicago Sun Times writes that the protests will only end up helping Trump. "As this campaign has shown, hating on Trump’s hate only makes him stronger and only makes his supporters more resolute."
  • Finally, the Washington Post reports all three of Trump's Republican rivals took the opportunity—which they passed up during Thursday's debate—to criticize his violent rhetoric at rallies. "In any campaign, responsibility starts at the top," Ted Cruz says. "Any candidate is responsible for the culture of a campaign."

 

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