The Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns are hosting rallies across the street from one another Monday evening in Milwaukee.
Dueling Trump and Sanders rallies tomorrow night: DT at theater behind arena on left; BS inside one on right. pic.twitter.com/1B1g7K8u42
— Greg Krieg (@GregJKrieg) April 4, 2016
Trump is rallying his supporters at 7 p.m. at the Milwaukee Theater, a 4,000-seat site, while Sanders is scheduled to hold a rally around the same time across the street at BMO Bradley Harris Center, which holds 19,000.
According to reports, Sanders supporters are being told to stay away from the Trump rally, and law enforcement and campaign security detail are expected to form tight blockades between the two competing political events.
“It’s a free country with first amendment rights and certainly Donald Trump has said some things that you can understand people would disagree with, and make a point of disagreeing with him on,” said Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs to The Guardian. “But from our standpoint, the best way to direct those energies and all that enthusiasm tomorrow night is to come out and root for Bernie.”
Both Sanders and Trump are known for having passionate supporters. Sanders’ advocates often crash Trump rallies and are immediately removed by security, and Trump supporters clashed with local activists in Chicago causing the New York Republican to cancel the event.
Trump lobbed a warning at Sanders after the Chicago scuffle, blaming the Vermont senator for sending protesters to Chicago and other rallies to cause trouble. “Be careful, Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours,” Trump tweeted. The Sanders camp denied sending anyone to disrupt Trump’s rallies.