Violence Erupts At Postponed Trump Rally In Chicago

A Chicago rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was postponed March 11 due to safety concerns.

The announcement from Trump’s campaign occurred after protesters crowded inside and outside of the arena, CNN reported.

There were reportedly at least five sections of the arena filled with protesters before Trump arrived, which prompted security concerns.

"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 Trump campaign said in a statement. "Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace."

Law enforcement sources told The Daily Mail that there was a “credible threat” against Trump from protesters who planned to rush the stage.

Following the cancelation announcement, fist fights broke out among Trump supporters and protesters. The Chicago police department tried to keep the situation under control. Two officers were injured, and at least five people were arrested, including one reporter.

“We want Trump,” supporters chanted after the event was canceled.

Protesters shouted, “We shut s*** down” and “We stumped Trump,” reported CNN.

"I've never been more proud of my city," 25-year-old protester Maria Hernandez, who broke out into a dance when the rally was canceled.

Hernandez said she was there protesting Trump because of his immigration policies and racial divisions in the city.

"I'm protesting because I'm black and Mexican and I'm not sure where he wants to deport me to, but I deal with racism daily in Chicago and I've had enough," Hernandez said.

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont were also in attendance, chanting, “Bernie,” while holding up campaign signs for him.

"Protesters have won now," Marlin Patrick, 55, told CNN. "We just feel as if the protesters have taken over."

Trump responded to the violent protesters, telling CNN’s Don Lemon that before this rally, there had not been “much of a problem.”

"I don't have regrets," he said. "These were very, very bad protesters. These were bad dudes. They were rough, tough guys."

Trump also took to Twitter the morning of March 12 to respond to the actions of the protesters.

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A scheduled Trump rally in Cincinnati on March 13 at the Duke Energy Convention Center has also been canceled because of a lack of time for security preparation, Cincinnati.com reported.

Sources: CNN, The Daily Mail, Cincinnati.comDonald Trump on Twitter / Photo credit: ABC 6

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