This post was written by Ann Spangly
Protesters are trying to disrupt a Trump speech this evening in Chicago, waving Mexican flags, demanding Donald Trump not be allowed to speak anymore.
Clearly this is not what America is about: a candidate has the right to speak.
Barricades and street closures are ready to go as many groups plan to march outside the UIC Pavilion, where Donald Trump will hold a rally Friday night.
An estimated 5,000-7,000 people were already in the Pavilion as of 5 p.m. and the line still stretches several blocks around the building. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Already, a sizeable portion of the attendees – perhaps several hundred of them – are protesters. Several protesters have been escorted out to chants of “USA! USA!” while several supporters have been escorted out after inciting confrontations with protesters.
“I think they have a right to protest, but I think they should do it outside,” says Trump supporter James Plocicki. “Let the man speak, because that’s what we came here for, to hear him.”
“I think they should get a job and find something to do during the day,” says another supporter who did not want to be named.
“I think it’s stupid,” said John Quaas. “I don’t think they’re getting anything done by doing it, honestly. It’s just gonna make more animosity and hate among types of fans.”
Chicago police have already had to enter the building to help control crowds. Many of the protesters appear to be UIC students, members of a campus that is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse in the country.