GOP presidential frontrunner announced last Friday that he was canceling one of his signature rallies because he didn’t want to see “people get hurt.”
According to American News, a group of protesters outside the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion began cheering when they heard the news while Trump supporters started chanting, “We want Trump! We want Trump!”
Trump later told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that he arrived at the stadium two hours earlier to find 25,000 trying to get in.
“I didn’t want to see people get hurt (so) I decided to postpone the rally,” Trump said, adding that he cancelled the event after talking to local police. “What we did was intelligent. A very good decision…a wise decision. If we had the rally, I think it would not have been a good situation.”
Trump went on to say that he found the entire incident to be very disturbing.
“Our First Amendment rights have been violated,” he commented.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz spoke out afterwards to say that Trump has brought this upon himself by creating “an environment that encourages this of nasty discourse.”
“When the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence, to punch people in the face, the predictable consequence of that is that it escalates,” Cruz told reporters. “Today is unlikely to be the last such incidence.”
“I have the right to speak and they have a right to listen,” Trump responded when he heard this.
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