Donald Trump Postpones Chicago Rally After Violent  Confrontations

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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign postponed a planned Friday rally in Chicago after clashes between protesters and supporters inside the venue and demonstrators gathered outside the event.

“Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date,” the campaign said in a statement, asking that those who were waiting for the candidate to arrive to “please go in peace.”

The rally was being staged at the University of Illinois Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, where fights broke out between those supporting Trump and those who came to protest his candidacy, according to CBS News.

According to the Associated Press, 31 people were arrested at a Trump rally earlier in the day in St. Louis for disturbing the peace.

At the Chicago event, CNN showed footage of fistfights between demonstrators and supporters after the announcement was made that Trump would not appear. Before the rally, some demonstrators were taken out of the arena.

The Trump campaign has been running pre-event announcements to rally crowds asking them not to touch any demonstrators, but there has been concern over violence breaking out. A man was charged with “sucker punching” a demonstrator at a North Carolina rally earlier this week.

On Friday, a reporter for Breitbart News, Michelle Fields, filed a police report after she claimed that Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, grabbed her as she was attempting to ask a question after Trump’s Tuesday press conference, held at Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Fla. Lewandowski, and Trump’s campaign denies it.

The Jupiter Police Department said that it is conducting a misdemeanor battery investigation.

At the debate on Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Trump whether he believes that he’s “done anything to create a tone where this kind of violence would be encouraged.”

Trump responded, “I hope not. I truly hope not. I will say this. … People come with tremendous passion and love for the country, and …when they see what’s going on in this country, they have anger that’s unbelievable. They have anger.”

But Trump’s rhetoric at his rallies have played to the emotions and passions of the crowds. At a rally in Las Vegas before the Nevada caucus, he said as one protester was being ejected, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

Trump’s Republican rivals each condemned the violence at Trump’s events. “Words have consequences,” said Marco Rubio.

Ted Cruz said, “A campaign bears responsibility for creating an environment when the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence.”

John Kasich said in a statement, “Tonight the seeds of division that Donald Trump has been sowing this whole campaign finally bore fruit, and it was ugly. Some let their opposition to his views slip beyond protest into violence, but we can never let that happen. I urge people to resist that temptation and rise to a higher level.”

Hillary Clinton issued a statement saying that  “the divisive rhetoric we are seeing should be of grave concern to us all.”

 

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  1. REMEMBER THAT ANY POLITICIAN WHO TAKES MONEY TO FEED THEIR ELECTION CAMPAIGN, EVENTUALLY WILL BE EXPECTED TO RETURN THAT FINANCIAL FAVOR AT A FUTURE TIME, UNLIKE DONALD TRUMP WHO CANNOT BE BOUGHT.

    Bad News! The Super PAC ‘Move on. Org ‘ was the instigator of the protests to the Trump public meeting at the University of Chicago. The demonstration was funded by the Left Progressives who try to suppress FREE SPEECH. They could have caused a riot. A few years back they were supporting Bernie Sanders as a candidate for the White House. He has hundreds of thousands of ‘FREELOADERS’ in his party who want to soak the rich, and steal other peoples money because the word “work” scares them. The more harassment Donald Trump accumulates at his rally, the more people who are going to vote for him. The Liberal Progressive faculty has infiltrated student’s brains by offering them–something for nothing. That’s what the communists did, which collapsed eventually the Soviet Union. The American Public are sick and tired of ‘Business as Usual and that’s all we are going to get from Hillary Clinton, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rubio and Former Governor of Ohio John Kasick. The Liberal Progressive Rabble was out in force at the University of Chicago disrupting the thousands of Trump supporters waiting hours to hear him. The Mainstream press tried to cauterize, the strength of the long lines stretching for blocks. The whole debate was cancelled owing to the dangerous situation, but nothing will stop a free thinking people from going to the voting precinct and voting for the magnate businessman.

    Veteran pollster Pat Caddell warns that Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s vote for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during his tenure in Congress could cost him both his approval rating as governor and the critical state primary. Cruz was involved in the 2016 Omnibus budget (2.2 Trillion Dollars) and help passing it, giving Obama more funds to pay for the illegal alien invasion. Then Rubio stood with the Gang of Eight to pass the largest amnesty for foreign nationals who violated our laws.

    Trump is going to build the wall, whether the corrupt elected officials in the nation of Mexico like it or not?

    He has pledged to remove the corruption in Washington, where the political elites sell their votes to highest bidder. None of the nominees for President has the experienced acumen, to run the country like a business. He has retired professionals who are willing wealthy consultants to dig America from its wilting economy. Obama will be gone and so will the Political Correct Police who have divided this nation, violated our right to bear arms

    Instrumental in ending the illegal alien invasion, not only building a 1000 mile wall, but introducing a Mandated tracking system for anybody who comes to America via jet or through any ports of entry. In the latest event Obama has issued orders not to arrest anybody on the border, unless they are a criminal. This poor, uneducated people trailing their family doesn’t have to appear before a judge anymore? They are just more or less walking in.

    With a growing federal deficit of 19 Trillion dollars, we must accommodate millions of illegal aliens, who Obama has all but left the border open to this incursion of foreigners that we are forced to support. National Immigration Center (NIC) reports we are spending over a $$150 Billion dollars in every public assistance program and soon 10 to 100 thousand Syrian Refugees. Why are we forced to pay for people who have violated our immigration laws? Its madness! .It’s not going to end without a strong, no tolerance President in the White House. I saw the new numbers for the invasion and its rose to over 15 million.

    At home with have 92 million Americans and real immigrant out of work, underemployed or dropped the whole job search. 50 million people including foreign nationals on food stamps and public assistance. Our own kids are coming out of school, unable to read probably or write. Colleges are setting up our young scholars with poetry degrees that will not get the job in a fast food restaurant. Thousands of teens that once had access to seasonal jobs, find them no longer available. Around the country, in the big cities teachers have to afford extra time to illegal alien kids, who cannot speak English. It was bad enough before the Obama Administration and now it’s far worse.

    With the new army of US Border Patrol agents and internal ICE agents who will audit any company suspicious of using unauthorized labor.

    Jobs that have vanished taking millions of American workers and some of our mega companies will face a tax (tariff) penalty of 53 % if they don’t follow the rules of fair and balanced trade. Mexico has turned Detroit Michigan into a wasteland of abandoned buildings, where a thriving auto industry once existed. The State of Ohio has lost 600.000 jobs since January 2007,

    Something new on the horizon is that the Obama Administration is giving up ownership of the Internet, that was completely produced in the originally labs of the Dept of Defense.

  2. Bill says:

    Did this relentlessly vile, unethical, lying phony thing really think he could offend so many for so long a time before they started to fight back?! There will be more and more of this type of thing as the nomination process goes on. He looked like he might pee his pants. Love it. The sign of a fearless leader! Go after him! Bring this foul human being to his knees where he belongs.

  3. Paul says:

    The media is fueling this by flashing KKK on the screen every 10 secs.

  4. tlsnyder42 says:

    Maybe federal Republican prosecutors should convict leftist protestors of civil rights violations, then they won’t be allowed to vote because they would then be felons! That would serve them right!!!

    • Judy says:

      Absolutely. Take the right away and let them know they gave it away

      • GKN says:

        That’s actually an excellent idea, since most of the punchers and attackers (if not all) have been Trump’s supporters! It’s definitely about time for some Republicans to lose the voting rights they deny so many others. I’m all for it!

      • eddo34 says:

        Only Nazis take rights away. America will be cleansed of you, and soon. Democracy = the expansion of freedom, not its restriction.

  5. colmandk says:

    What a yutz!

  6. Michael Anthony says:

    Tens of thousands? Certainly not turning our for Trump. The protesters outnumber the supporters. He must b scared.

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