Donald Trump on Chicago Protesters: ‘I Don’t Want to See People Get Hurt’

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump talked to Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren after postponing his campaign rally in Chicago, Illinois, due to hundreds of protesters and a potential threat of violence.

“I just don’t want to see people get hurt, any people on either side,” Donald Trump added. “We have such a divided country now. It’s been so divided under this president.”

“I’ve been witnessing it in so many different forms. It’s just something that has to be straightened out,” the real estate mogul told Van Susteren. “As an example, African American youth [have] 59 percent unemployment rate. There’s a lot of anger out there, there’s no question.”

Trump stated:

Well, I got to Chicago about two hours ago. We have 25,000 people that tried to come in, all supporters. At the same time, there were protesters. When I met with the various law enforcement agencies Greta, I decided it was looking to me – I don’t want to see people get hurt. I decided very strongly to make a decision not to do it and to postpone the rally. It was a big rally and a tremendous rally with tremendous people.

On CNN following his interview on Fox News, Trump was asked if his tone created this type of violence.

“I hope my tone is not that of causing violence,” Trump responded, echoing his goal of bringing jobs back to America. “I certainly don’t do that,” he said.

At his rallies, “There’s great love in those big stadiums,” he said. “At the same time, when there’s a potential clash like tonight, I think I did the right thing,” he added, also saying he followed law enforcement’s suggestion not to hold the rally due to safety.

Dr. Ben Carson later joined Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File to comment on the protesters at the Donald Trump campaign rally in Chicago on Friday night.

“I don’t think they even know what they’re protesting about,” Carson told Kelly. “They are angry…it’s up to the leadership to take responsibility to give them some perspective.”



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