Donald Trump canceled his Chicago campaign event Friday amid safety concerns as hundreds of protesters clashed with supporters at the event, which was held on the campus of University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion.
The Trump campaign issued a statement at around 6:40 p.m. local time.
“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. Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace,” the campaign said.
The cancellation led to cheers among the protesters, many of whom were chanting out the name of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Trump’s supporters responded with chants of “USA! USA!,” according to The Daily Caller’s Eric Owens, who was on scene at the event.
Owens was outside of the arena, standing in a line about a half-mile long, when the cancelation was announced. He was able to walk into the venue, where he observed scuffles occurring between Trump supporters and opponents.