Protesters at Donald Trump’s first Chicago campaign rally were so numerous on Friday that they shut the event down following loud demonstrations and a series of physical brawls.
‘Nobody was hurt and hopefully we can keep that going. That’s why I did this today: we don’t want anyone to get hurt, or worse.’
‘You have to bring back jobs! I’d be angry too,’ he said. ‘We have to bring jobs back. These kids are not getting jobs.’
‘He was a very nasty guy, he was very very loud, very boisterous and he was swinging his fists. He just looked to me like somebody that frankly… Maybe he did have a job maybe he did not. But there’s nothing wrong with saying go get a job, but the fact is it’s not easy to get jobs.’
‘He was mad long before I said that. He was jumping up and down, he could have been dangerous.’
‘Some of these protesters are very dangerous people.’
The real estate tycoon predicted that fallout from Friday’s clashes wouldn’t hurt his White House bid.
‘You can’t even have a rally in this country anymore without violence,’ Trump lamented. ‘I think a lot of people think that it was wrong that we were stopped.’
‘We can’t have a rally in a major city in this country!’ he complained. ‘What happened to the right to free speech?’
There were pro Trump supporters at the venue as well.