Chicago’s far-left political groups failed to shut down a Donald Trump rally in Bloomington, Illinois, despite their initial hopes.
The 146-member Dump Trump Facebook group set up an event to demonstrate against the 2016 Republican presidential candidate’s March 13 event.
The group garnered a 1,215 “going” response with 7,487 “invited” and 2,810 “interested.” But the actual turnout was far below pledged “going” Facebookers.
Protesters were instructed to meet at 7:00 am if that person possessed a ticket and planned to go inside the venue and at 9am to protest outside the venue. Only about 100 protesters made it out to the Bloomington Trump rally according to NBC 4 News.
Attendee tweeted photo and video of what appeared to be a relatively minimal protest presence:
— Jazmin Beltran (@JazminBeltran) March 13, 2016
— Jenn Sullivan (@SullivanWICS) March 13, 2016
Here’s a mention of someone attending a Bernie Sanders rally as a supporter, and a Trump rally as a protester:
going to support Bernie sanders in champaign tomorrow then protest trump in Bloomington on Sunday. it's gonna be a good weekend fam
— jane (@jackassjane) March 11, 2016
This tweeter claimed to have heard about the Bloomington protest while at the Bernie Sanders rally held in Champaign, Il., on Saturday morning:
Last night, while I was in Champaign, IL, I heard about the plans for a Bloomington protest at the Trump Rally. Hope they shut it down.
— 13 (@13hurricanes) March 13, 2016
Trump told supporters at a Saturday campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio that of those protesting his scheduled, later cancelled, rally in Chicago, “Some represented Bernie, our communist friend.” According the tweets above this appears to be at least partially correct.
This aspiring protester seemed slightly less committed with a Fall Out Boy concert at stake:
do you think I'll have enough time to go protest against trump in Bloomington and still make it to St. Paul in time to see fall out boy
— mari is @ fob (@lilacskiesliam) March 12, 2016
The Bloomington police congratulated themselves as the event concluded:
Rally has concluded & crowd is clearing peacefully. No significant issues. No arrests have been made. #Bloomington
— Bloomington Police (@cityblmPD) March 13, 2016
Trump had a downtown rally scheduled for nearby Chicago on Friday night. That rally was cancelled under threat of violence. MoveOn.org hosted a petition for protesters to disrupt that rally. The petition reached almost 51,000 signatures as Trump landed in the area, but many did not appear to make it to the downtown venue.
Bloomington is approximately a two hour drive from Chicago.
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