A Donald Trump rally was abruptly cancelled Friday night after the crowd erupted into violence. The event was shut down amid the Trump campaign’s security fears over the multiple scuffles between Trump supporters and protestors before the rally’s 6 p.m. start. There were an estimated 8,500 supporters and protestors who attended the event at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
A Moveon.org petition demanded that the University of Illinois leadership cancel the Trump event shortly after officials announced the date. The petition received over 50,000 signatures, and 10,000 signees agreed to attend the free rally to shut it down in the event that officials refused to cancel it. An estimated 2,000 protestors had already assembled outside of the pavilion hours before doors to the rally opened at 3 p.m.
“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,” student protestor Kamran Siddiqui told Fox News.
According to media reports from inside the pavilion, officials called off the rally 1.5 hours after the scheduled 6 p.m. start time. Chaos erupted after the announcement, and the thousands of Trump supporters and protestors who packed the event began going toe-to-toe.
Trump fans screamed racist, misogynistic chants while shoving protestors. The protestors retaliated by ripping signs from supporter’s hands and tearing them to shreds. Multiple fistfights erupted, and according to Chicago police two officers were hurt trying to maintain order, including one who was hit in the head with a bottle.
Violence has been a recurring theme at Trump events this campaign season. His supporters consistently taunt, and target people of color and women who attend events as peaceful protestors. One protestor who was on the ground claimed that grown men were screaming at her and other women, “your pussy smells!” and “your pussy smells worst of all.”
Trump’s America isn’t looking too great if you’re a woman, minority or someone who disagrees with his divisive politics.