As a planned Donald Trump rally in Chicago was canceled Friday night, leftist protesters online wasted no time in taking a victory lap for the free-speech shutdown.
Way to go Chicago! Someone finally shutdown a Trump rally!
— Pat Fuller (@bannerite) March 12, 2016
The alliance of left-wing protesters included illegal immigration activists working with their comrades in Black Lives Matter. The social justice warriors seem to take special delight in the idea that Americans who had showed up to hear Trump speak now had to face protesters.
Chicago just shut Donald trump rally down!!! #BlackLivesMatter and all other groups !! Thank you
— MARCH 23rd (@PrincessKenKen2) March 12, 2016
— thereisno (@peaceshesaid) March 12, 2016
— Michelle Lemley (@thepublicstrust) March 12, 2016
— Jon E (@financejonE) March 12, 2016
Other online activists mocked Donald Trump and compared his event cancellation to the Bernie Sanders event cancellation sparked by two Black Lives Matter activists last year.
— Earth Muffin (@EarthMuffinHugs) March 12, 2016
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) March 12, 2016
More ominously, others hailed the protesters’ victory against Donald Trump and his supporters as an indication of things to come. Some referenced a planned rally in Cleveland.
— Jerry Ford, Jr. (@JerryFordJr) March 12, 2016
— Jazzmine D. McKnight (@Progress4Ohio) March 12, 2016
— Chairman Revolution (@ComradeEadweard) March 12, 2016
— Aevalillith (@Aevalillith) March 12, 2016
While shutdown of the event will clearly embolden protesters, other online comments show that it will probably also make many of Trump’s “silent majority” voters more resolved than ever.
— Josh Mills (@JG_KB24fan) March 12, 2016
I think the violent #BlackLivesMatter goons swayed a lot of voters over to voting Trump today. Ppl are fed up with these racist thugs
— JakeBradford (@jake_bradford_1) March 12, 2016
A statement by the Trump campaign said, “Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.”
It is unclear at press time how much of a role the Chicago police played in the Trump campaign’s decision.