Trump cancels a rally that was to be held in the Chicago Arena, amid fights between supporters and demonstrators, protests in the streets and concerns that the environment at the event was no longer safe. Hundreds of demonstrators get into at least five sections in the arena the arena, breaking out into protest before Trump shows up. were filled with protesters. Campaign statement:
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. Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.
The audience shout “We want Trump!”
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) March 12, 2016
Trump says the protests aren’t directed at him or his campaign, but rather was a manifestation of the public’s deep frustration with economic conditions in the country.
Our businesses are being taken away from us, our businesses are being moved out of the country. This is a demonstration against economic conditions on both sides.
The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our First Amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016