'HEEERE, CHICKEE CHICKEE CHICKEE... Chicago, March 11, 2016... ' Trump and his bullies chicken out as protesters dump Trump from Chicago...

Some of the protesters who forced the cancellation of Donald Trump's University of Illinois at Chicago rally after Trump announced he was fleeing the event because he was afraid of "violence." Thousands inside and outside the University of Illinois Pavillion protested Trump and his fascists, who were for the first time unable to stand up to democracy. It was like a scene from a 1950s movie, a game of "Chickie". Someone was finally standing up to the Bully, and a whole city was proud. And the supposed tough guy who was going to take back his version of "America" -- while praising the KKK and urging followers to raise their hands in the Nazi salute -- was the one who "chickened out."

If he had been one of his own opponents at a safe Republican debate somewhere, Donald Trump might have "chick chick chickee'd..." at his opponents had they done what Donald Trump did on March 11, 2016, in Chicago: Trump basically "chickend out" after a huge number of militant protesters showed up at another of Trump's planned fascist events at the University of Illinois at Chicago Paviliion. Instead of standing up to the protesters and urging his followers to salute, Nazi style, with their right arms raised (as he has been doing), Trump ran away.

The protests, swelled by thousands, could not be kept out of the cavernous Pavillion. And instead of standing up for their supposed "values," the Trumpsters ran away.

This story is being reported at Substance on the evening of March 11, 2016 and will be updated all night long, as the protests continued following Trumps fleeing the venue he had sought to appear at.

One report in The New York Times was detailed:

CHICAGO Donald J. Trump abruptly canceled a large rally here on Friday night as scuffles and shouting matches erupted on the arena floor between large groups of his supporters and protesters angered by his campaign.

Cable news networks broadcast live scenes of chaos inside the arena that showed people on both sides screaming at, punching and shoving each other.

At one point a protester clambered onstage and stood behind the speakers podium ripping up a campaign sign until security pulled him away.

In an interview two hours before the rally was set to begin, Mr. Trump gave no indication of the cancellation. He said that he was en route to the Chicago event but that he had been told it might be rough in terms of protests.

The protests at Mr. Trumps rallies have increased and so has the pushback surrounding them. One protester in North Carolina this week was sucker-punched by a rally attendee. Mr. Trump, the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, has insisted that he does not condone the violence but has said that in the good old days protesters were roughed up to keep them in line.

Trump supporters, some of whom had waited in the stands here for hours, appeared stunned by what had happened, and some shouted at members of the news media and the vocal group of protesters.

Mr. Trump said he decided to cancel the event because people would have been potentially very badly hurt.

I dont want to see people hurt, he said in an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC.

Still, Mr. Trump portrayed the disruption as a sign of a troubled country and a violation of his supporters rights.

You cant even have a rally in a major city in this country anymore without violence or potential violence, he said.

Whatever happened to freedom of speech? he asked. Whatever happened to the right to get together and speak in a very peaceful manner?

A contingent of Chicago police officers had filed into the stadium shortly before 8 p.m. and began to separate the two sides. Protesters and Trump supporters were encouraged to leave the arena, where other large groups of anti-Trump protesters demonstrated on nearby streets.

Mr. Trumps appearance here, on the campus of a large, diverse public university just west of downtown Chicago, had drawn anger long before it began.

The university draws a significant share of local students from Chicagos neighborhoods, as well as international students. Scores of faculty members at the school, the University of Illinois at Chicago, had pleaded with administrators over allowing the rally in a letter, which read, in part: We also request that the University publicly distance itself from the event and make a statement that the Trump Rally is an anathema to the mission of UIC, as the university for Chicago.

As people streamed out of the event that never took place, supporters of Mr. Trump were angry and frustrated.

Anthony Pieroni, a 19-year-old student at the university and a Republican, had waited more than an hour to attend the rally, and said he was disappointed.

I understand why people didnt want him to come here, he said. People were fighting, ripping up signs, going crazy. It was just a terrible idea.

But protesters were jubilant, and celebrated along the intersections on the citys Near West Side. At one point, the protesters shut down lanes of a busy nearby expressway, bringing Friday night traffic to a near standstill.

They got the job done, Vickie Deanda, 54, an accountant from Chicago, said of the large numbers of students who had demonstrated. Someone has to object to this hatred. The people inside have a right to be there. But we have a right to be here too.

Arguments and small skirmishes broke out along the streets. At least one man was hit on the head with a police baton, witnesses said, and blood could be seen coming from a gash on his face. A woman, also bloodied, was led away by the police.

In his interview with Mr. Matthews, Mr. Trump said there were two sides to the violent flare-ups at his rallies. He suggested, as he has in the past few days, that some protesters deserved rough treatment.

Some of these protesters are extremely dangerous people, he said. You say, Oh well, they have a right to protest, and thats fine with me, but some of these people are extremely dangerous and extremely physical.

I can tell you stories of protesters where youd be 100 percent on our side if you could see what happened, he said.

Outside the arena, a line stretched for blocks while ticket holders a diverse mix of older whites wearing Trump gear and younger, African-American and Muslim students waited to be allowed inside.

Some said that they were devoted Trump fans eager to hear him speak in person for the first time.

I believe in Trump, absolutely, Jana Hayek, a Chicago resident and stay-at-home mother, said while holding the hand of her 12-year-old son, Peter. I definitely agree with his immigration policy. Its important to control who comes into this country.

A native of the Czech Republic, Ms. Hayek said Mr. Trump was unafraid to speak his mind, and she had no qualms that he has no experience in public office. It doesnt matter that he is just a businessman, she said. He will be surrounded by people to advise him.

Other people in line said they were there for the spectacle, or to become part of it.

I kind of wanted to see what would happen, said Syed Hussein, a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who added that he hoped to stage a protest once inside. We want to speak out. We wanted to buy all the tickets we could.

Ozair Zian, an 18-year-old student at a community college, said he was among the merely curious who had snagged a ticket. Im just here to witness it all, he said.

A large group opposing Mr. Trump merrily taunted the people entering the arena with shouts of Donald Trump has got to go and signs caricaturing Mr. Trump as a fascist with a Hitler mustache. (In one only-in-Chicago insult, a protester carried a sign reading, Trump puts ketchup on his hot dog.)

Some smaller tussles broke out more than an hour before the rally began. One man in his 20s, told by a member of security that he was not going to be allowed in, shouted, Why, because Im Mexican? (The security official relented.)

A Chicago police spokesman said the authorities were not consulted and had no role in the decision to cancel the event.


March 12, 2016 at 8:13 AM

By: bob Busch

Just my observation

There is something in the air: Two friends of mine pat and mike illustrate my point

Pat is retired CFD never registered or voted for 40 years. Last week he voted for Trump.

Mike is a lifelong democrat, he did the same.

Three hours before the rally the line to see Bernie was mile long yesterday in Argo.

It stretched from Harlem to Archer. Thousands of people finally were

allowed into two Gyms and a field house.

I do not want a political debate, nor do I wish to interject my own political ideas here.

But change, or mutation, is likely.

March 13, 2016 at 4:59 PM

By: Rod Estvan

Trump authorizes a facist assult on American socialists

Trump has in the last 24 hours characterized Sen Sanders as a communist and blamed his supporters for disrupting his rallies. He issued this tweet: "Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren't told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!"

Unfortunately Sen Sanders did not organize these protests, he is after all a good social democrat. On ABC's This Week Sen Sanders responded in part by saying: "I mean weve all seen rhetoric weve all seen some of the video of people at his rallies sucker punching people, of kicking people. And I would urge Mr. Trump, really, to tone it down, uh, to not incite violence on the part of his supporters." Now how pathetic is that!

You have Trump threatening Sanders supporters with fascist attacks and he asks Trump to tone it down. Unfortunately Sanders doesn't get it, this is not politics as usual in America. He reminds me of the foolish and timid social democrats in Germany. In 1928 members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany, the godfathers of social democracy, were elected to the chancellorship and thousands of state and municipal offices. But despite the party's apparent strengths, in 1933 Social Democracy succumbed to Nazi power without a fight. As Bob Dylan once wrote you don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.

Rod Estvan

March 14, 2016 at 12:18 PM

By: George Schmidt

Nach Trump -- nicht uns...

Rod's helping us to understand a history that many from the younger generation have been cheated out of because is too many places actual history -- and the nasty facts of history -- have been replaced with some silly sociological diversity nonsense. After all, we shouldn't utilize the language of the Ku Klux Klan because it might make some people feel bad, and in today's schools I would be barred from teaching "Huckleberry Finn" even though it's one of the greatest works of literature against racism, white supremacy and slavery.

But we can't stop now in clarifying and learning from a history that some on "our side" have tried to white out.

One of the biggest problems with America's cowardly "progressives" for the past quarter century or so is that a majority of them (not all, just the majority) are pacifists. They believe in not fighting, in not guns, and that the problems of drug gang violence in Chicago are problems of "violence" -- and not problems brought about by ruthless drug gangs. That's just an example.

And so because of the weakness (and let's be honest, in some cases physical and moral cowardice) of "progressives" in the USA, the political field of battle has been surrendered, without a fight until now, to the fascists. Examples from the USA are many, but my favorite is that American "progressives" seem to be in favor of every piece of the Bill of Rights (even extending it to the 20th Amendment or so) EXCEPT the Second Amendment.

And so, we are looking at a deeper political quicksand than Rod notes in his (above) criticisms of Bernie Sanders. We on the left have surrendered the fields that require certain types of courage -- including physical strength and courage -- to the racists and fascists, often without a fight.

Historically, Adolf Hitler didn't consolidate power overnight, but gradually, piece by piece. One piece was that he was able to demobilize the Social Democrats (as Rod notes, the largest party of the Left in Germany in 1933) by tricking them. He promised them the May Day "holiday" and then arrested all of their leaders and shut down their offices and assets (most importantly, their presses) deploying his brownshirts.

But the faction of the left that was most stupid in the face of the Nazis' escalating violence between roughly 1933 and 1935 was the Communist Party. Their slogan actually encouraged bringing the Nazis to power -- they said "Nach Hitler, uns..."

The tired meme about "First they came for ----- [whomever]-----" doesn't say it all, because it, too, implies that there was some kind of pacifist alternative to the Nazis. And there isn't. Bullies and sadists love to inflict pain, and the only way they can be stopped is with force and violence, whether they be Chicago drug gangs or Trump's growing legions of Born In The USA fascists.

To redeem another cliche: We reap what we sow.

So we should be proud that Chicago after March 11 2016 means FIGHT BACK! Not, "We're sorry. Why can't we all be nice..."

Add your own comment (all fields are necessary)

Substance readers:

You must give your first name and last name under "Name" when you post a comment at We are not operating a blog and do not allow anonymous or pseudonymous comments. Our readers deserve to know who is commenting, just as they deserve to know the source of our news reports and analysis.

Please respect this, and also provide us with an accurate e-mail address.

Thank you,

The Editors of Substance

Your Name

Your Email

What's your comment about?

Your Comment

Please answer this to prove you're not a robot:

4 + 2 =