A Donald Trump campaign rally will stream live from Bloomington, Illinois, on Sunday morning, with tensions running high, one day after a protester frightened Trump by charging his stage at a Dayton, Ohio, rally — and two days after widespread protests caused the billionaire Republican frontrunner, who has turned the 2016 Presidential campaign on its head with his inflammatory rhetoric, to cancel a rally in Chicago.
Watch the Dayton incident, in which a protester named Thomas Dimassimo attempts to reach Trump on stage, in the video below.
Also on Friday, violence broke out at a Trump rally in St. Louis, Missouri. But it was in Chicago where what appeared to be over 1,000 protesters showed up at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus that Trump backed down and called off the rally.
But skirmishes and confrontations between Trump supporters spilled into the streets even after the cancellation was announced, with demonstrators saying that they were there to protest what they called Trump’s racism and hate speech — while many pro-Donald Trump supporters left little doubt where they stood.
— Chicago Trib Photo (@ChiTribPhoto) March 12, 2016
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On Saturday morning in Dayton, Ohio, Trump was speaking outdoors when a single protester rushed the stage, causing Trump to duck and run — until United States Secret Service Agents surrounded the candidate.
Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at a rally in Bloomington, Illinois, about 135 miles southwest of Chicago, on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Central Time — 11 a.m. Eastern, 8 a.m. Pacific. As of Saturday morning about 600 people had already signed up to join protests against Trump at Synergy Flight Center there.
What happened at this Donald Trump campaign rally in Bloomington? To find out, watch Trump’s full speech in the video below.
Donald Trump, on Saturday, blamed the violence in Chicago on supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, who Trump described as “our communist friend.” Trump also described the protest as a “planned attack” organized by “professional people.”
While Sanders supporters were in evidence at the Chicago rally, holding signs and chanting the Democratic candidate’s name, Sanders himself flatly denied that his campaign had anything to do with the protests, saying, “as is the case virtually every day, Donald Trump is showing the American people that he is a pathological liar.”
“What our supporters are doing is responding to a candidate who has, in fact, in many ways, encouraged violence,” Sanders said on Saturday, when asked about Trump’s allegations. “When he talks about, ‘I wish we were in the old days when you could punch somebody in the head,’ what do you think that says to his supporters?”
In fact, Trump has made numerous incendiary statements during his campaign rallies, exhorting his supporters to physically attack protesters and decrying the “political correctness” that prevents people for wanting to “hurt each other.”
Many of Trump’s statements are documented in the following video report by the MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show.
“This is more than an aside; this is the core of Trump’s ideology,” wrote Ezra Klein, founder of the Vox.com news site, on Saturday “The protesters who interrupted his rally, the political correctness that kept the police from cracking their skulls, the press that takes the hippies’ side — this is why America has stopped being great.”
Trump’s attitude toward protesters also came under fire this week after he gave an interview to CNN in which he referred to the 1989 Chinese pro-democracy Tiananmen Square protests as a “riot.”
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Trump was responding to a question about comments he made in a 1990 interview in which he appeared to praise the Chinese government for its military response to the protests — an interview in which Trump, 26-years ago, also complained that the United States was “weak.”
“When the students poured into Tiananmen Sqaure, the Chinese government almost blew it,” Trump said in the 1990 Playboy Magazine interview. “Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak, as being spit on by the rest of the world.”
Donald Trump is also scheduled to hold a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon, and another on Sunday evening in West Boca Raton, Florida.
[Featured Photo By Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press]