CHICAGO — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump canceled one of his signature rallies on Friday, calling off the event in Chicago due to safety concerns after protesters packed into the arena where it was to take place.
The announcement that the billionaire businessman would postpone the rally until another day led a large portion of the crowd inside the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion to break out into raucous cheers. Meanwhile, supporters of the candidate started chanting “We want Trump! We want Trump!”
The cancellation comes after questions in recent days about incidents at Trump campaign events. An attendee at a Trump North Carolina rally was charged with assault for allegedly sucker-punching a protester, NBC reports. The ordeal was captured on multiple videos.
In addition, a report for the conservative website Breitbart said Trump’s campaign manager “grabbed her hard enough to leave a bruise during a campaign event,” NBC reports. The campaign denied the report.
On Friday there were isolated physical confrontations between some members of the crowd after the event was canceled.