Chicago Police Deny Advising Trump to Cancel Event

Protesters against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shout at Trump supporters after it was announced that the candidate's rally was canceled due to security concerns, on the campus of the University of ... Protesters against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shout at Trump supporters after it was announced that the candidate's rally was canceled due to security concerns, on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) MORE LESS
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department says the agency never recommended that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cancel his campaign rally in the city.

CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that the department never told the Trump campaign there was a security threat at the University of Illinois at Chicago venue. He said the department had sufficient manpower on the scene to handle any situation.

Guglielmi says the university’s police department also did not recommend that Trump call off the event. He says the decision was made “independently” by the campaign.

Trump cancelled the rally in Chicago due to what organizers said were safety concerns after protesters packed into the arena where it was to take place.

Trump afterward told MSNBC in a telephone interview that he canceled the event because he didn’t “want to see people hurt or worse.” He said he thinks he “did the right thing.”

Guglielmi says Trump never arrived at the Chicago venue.

Latest News

Notable Replies

  1. This entire event was a Trump hoax. He was under increasing scrutiny for violence at his rallies including the assault by Corey Lewandowski on a Breitbart reporter. HIs solution? In St. Louis today he praised violence more than ever; then he went to Chicago where his event was scheduled at a University arena (guaranteed protester presence). He waits until protesters makes noise, has spokesman come out and announce the event is canceled. Goons among his crowd attack the protesters, providing video that both CNN and MSNBC show in a loop. Then he immediately went on air on BOTH of those networks, lying and saying that police urged him to cancel due to some sort of danger from protesters on scene. Then he blames the violence that began when he cancelled the event, on the protesters who were the victims.
    I bet Corey Lewandowski got a bonus tonight.

  2. Gosh, who could have predicted that constantly saying blatantly racist, sexist, xenophobic, hateful things would lead to protests?

    That scapegoating, bullying, name-calling, and general sneering and threatening aren’t as popular among the general public as they are among the rabid Trump acolytes?

    And then on top of that, who would have thought that being abusive to protesters would draw even more protesters?

    Surprise, surprise.

  3. Donald Trump on his supporters (CNN debate, 3/10/16):

    “I will tell you there’s something going on that maybe you don’t know about, maybe a lot of other people don’t know about, but there’s tremendous hatred.
    We have a serious, serious problem of hate. There is tremendous hate. There is tremendous hate. We have large portions of a group of people… large portions want to use very, very harsh means.”

    Donald Trump on Islam (same debate):

    “They love this country.
    There is some anger. There’s also great love for the country. It’s a beautiful thing in many respects.”

    Oh wait… did I get that backwards?

  4. Nope, he did. As you very cleverly illustrated. Bravo!

  5. More drama from our GOP reality TV star. Does any sane person believe in this clown?

Continue the discussion at

267 more replies


Avatar for oldengoldendecoy Avatar for cabchi Avatar for ajm Avatar for pluckyinky Avatar for jw1 Avatar for srfromgr Avatar for chammy Avatar for randyabraham Avatar for sandyh Avatar for mantan Avatar for rev Avatar for mxyztplk Avatar for magical_panda Avatar for dnl Avatar for thunderclapnewman Avatar for emilianoelmexicano Avatar for tena Avatar for beattycat Avatar for dommyluc Avatar for thecaptain Avatar for professorpoopypants Avatar for msjay Avatar for tiowally Avatar for prettykitty

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: