A large rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was canceled Friday evening after organized protestors disrupted the event.
The rally, which follows comments Trump made earlier in the day seeming to condone violence at his rallies, descended into chaos when protestors and supporters of the GOP frontrunner clashed on the arena floor.
Shortly after the cancelation announcement was made, Trump’s campaign released a statement saying the decision to postpone the event was made after meeting with law enforcement. “Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace,” the statement read.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump condemned the protests, saying they interfered with his freedom of speech. He added that he was a unifier that did not promote hate.
“There’s a lot of anger out there,” Trump said. “There’s tremendous division in our country.”
When asked if he played a role in the division, Trump said no.
“I don’t think so. I represent a large group of people that have great anger and they’re not angry people, but they have anger at the stupidity of what’s happening in our country.”
Protestors and Trump supporters took to the streets following the cancelation. Chicago police are monitoring the situation.
This is a developing story.
SOURCE: NYT | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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