Donald Trump postponed a rally Friday afternoon over security concerns after multiple physical altercations between protesters and supporters broke out inside the Chicago arena the event was set to take place at.
In a statement, Trump said that he made the decision to postpone the rally after meeting with law enforcement and determining it would not be safe to move forward. He urged attendees to “go in peace.”
Before the rally was set to begin, protesters descended on the area. According to CNN reporter Jim Acosta, thousands of protesters managed to infiltrate the arena and gain entry inside.
Trump announced that he would postpone the rally and protesters inside the event started to cheer and tear his campaign signs, according to reports.
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Several fights broke out and law enforcement lost control of the situation.
“This is total chaos,” Acosta said, broadcasting live from inside the arena. “I have never seen anything like it.”
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Scenes of mayhem after rally was cancelled pic.twitter.com/M5EGspNfjQ
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Supporters were heard chanting “Bernie, Bernie!” and, according to Daily Beast reporter Gideon Resnick, there were chants of ”Hail Satan.”
Chaos here. Chants of "Bernie" and "hail satan"
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After the event was canceled, thousands of individuals took to the streets.
Trump called into MSNBC later in the evening and said he “thought it would be wise” to postpone his event.
“I don’t want to see people get hurt,” he said.
“What ever happened to freedom of speech?” Trump later asked.
This story has been updated with new information.
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