Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump canceled a rally in Chicago today, Fox News reports, due to security concerns over protesters.
The cancelation announcement led many inside the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion to break into cheering, and Trump supporters to begin chanting "We want Trump! We want Trump!"
Dozens of UIC faculty and staff had petitioned university administrators to cancel the rally, claiming that it would create a "hostile and physically dangerous environment" for students - because we all know what special snowflakes college students today are.
Prior to the announcement, intense verbal clashes took place between supporters and protesters as the crowd awaited him. After the announcement, protesters rushed the arena floor shouting "F--- Trump!" ''Bernie! Bernie!" and "We stopped Trump!"
One student protester, a Bernie Sanders supporter, told Fox,
Trump represents everything America is not and everything Chicago is not. We came in here and we wanted to shut this down. Because this is a great city and we don't want to let that person in here. Everybody came together. That's what people can do. Now people got to go out and vote because we have the opportunity to stop Trump.
Some Trump supporters came into the area chanting, "USA! USA!" and "Illegal is illegal!" One demonstrator shouted back, "Racist!" - because nothing makes a convincing counter-argument quite like hurling accusations of racism.
Chicago community activist Quo Vadis said hundreds of protesters had positioned themselves in groups around the arena, intending to demonstrate right after Trump took the stage. Their goal, he said, was "to shut Donald Trump all the way down" - because protesters today aren't as comfortable with the First Amendment as they are simply shutting an opponent down.
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