Trump protests shut down rally

12 March 2016 5:47 pm

So the latest news is that a Donald Trump rally was called off in Chicago on Friday because of concerns about violence. A Trump statement said: “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. According to Trump’s statement, the Chicago police department had been consulted. Trump complained about the situation on the air, telling MSNBC: “It’s sad when you can’t have a rally. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?”

This is unprecedented in US electoral history. Then again, ugly scenes at University of Illinois Chicago were Trump’s own fault, the result of his divisive rhetoric.

And that only came after several violent incidents at other Trump rallies including an event in North Carolina where a Trump supporter sucker-punched a protester and was later charged with assault. Trump has said he would love to punch protesters in the face.

The protesters in Chicago were not going to cop it. Then again, it does raise questions about Trump's suitability as a candidate. As protester Violet Ornelas, 28, gleefully told the Guardian: “If he can’t even handle Chicago, what makes him think he could handle Isis?”