GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has announced that he was forced to cancel one of his rallies on Friday because he didn’t want to see “people get hurt.”
According to American News, protesters outside of the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion broke out into cheers upon hearing the news, but Trump’s supporters began chanting, “We want Trump! We want Trump!”
Trump told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that he arrived at the arena two hours before to find 25,000 people 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 had met with law enforcement authorities. “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 call the situation disturbing.
“Our First Amendment rights have been violated,” he commented.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told the press that Trump had brought this on 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 fired back.
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