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Chaos in the Streets as Thousands Interrupt Trump Rally

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Dan McCue | Courthouse News Service

(CN) – Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said Saturday morning organized “thugs” violated his First Amendment right to free speech by causing the cancellation of a campaign rally in Chicago Friday night.

In a tweet on his verified Twitter account, Trump dismissed the thousands who turned out to protest his appearance ahead of the Illinois primary, saying “The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our First Amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America!”

At a rally in Vandalia, Ohio Saturday morning, Trump continued the vitriol, blaming President Barack Obama for the fracas in Chicago.


“Our president has done so much to divide his nation,” Trump said. “I call him the great divider.”

At a later event, in Dayton, Ohio, Trump said protestors in Chicago had carried out “a planned attack” that was “professionally done.”

During the same event, a man tried to rush the stage to get to Trump, but he was quickly apprehended by Secret Service officers. Trump was unhurt.

Chicago authorities estimated that as many as 4,000 of the 8,000-plus who turned up at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion, and later spilled into the streets of the city, were intent on making sure the rally either never happened or went on accompanied by a loud voice of dissent.

As tensions escalated and conflicting factions shouted “Trump, Trump” and “Bernie, Bernie,” the latter evoking the name of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Democratic candidate for president, an announcement was made that Trump, upon arriving in Chicago, met with law enforcement officials and that due to large number of protesters and the potential for violence, the rally could not go on.


As security personnel inside slowly emptied the hall, the Trump campaign released a statement that was played over the loudspeakers.

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