This is a live broadcast from UIC. I think a shutdown of a Trump rally was inevitable. Trump has been egging on his supporters, encouraging violence. His denial of his provocation is bullshit. He's repeatedly encouraged and supported violence, and his supporters have responded. Sooner or later, protesters were going to turn out in great numbers. It happened in St. Louis today, and now in Chicago. Frankly, I don't give a damn if he's shut down. This isn't about free speech. This is about a man who has been provoking violence to serve his selfish political ends.
Trump says police advised him to shut down. Police say not true.
Chicago PD Supt: we had no role in cancelling Trump event and no one consulted us. Had adequate resources there. pic.twitter.com/mFe3QOtKdo— Blake McCoy (@BlakeNBC) March 12, 2016
As more information emerges, it's beginning to look like Trump just didn't like the optics of a massive protest at his rally. He'd never admit that publicly, so looks like he blamed the police for shutting him down.
Here's are some Trump provocation highlights for those who've missed them.
Here's a Trump supporter outside the UIC rally last night? Did anyone beat her or did the government shut down her First Amendment right to free expression?
Inside the Chicago rally, this may be what Trump didn't want America to see.
trump rally turns into impromptu anti-trump party in chicago pic.twitter.com/zgol5QVjY5— Sujay Kumar (@Sujay721) March 12, 2016
Or perhaps the pushback was getting a little too strong for violent grandpas to suppress.
I think Trump is in a bit of a bind. On the one hand, his typical response to pushback is to defend himself with more provocative rhetoric. On the other hand, he'd begun to tack toward the middle, so inflaming the worst of his supporters might be a tactical mistake. We'll see. I believe he's in Dayton next.