“Chicago is the home of some very, very bad rallies,” Trump said. “You know that, OK? All you have to do is look back at the conventions that they had in Chicago, and one in particular, as you know, where tremendous numbers of people were hurt, and I believe, killed. And I don’t want to see anything like that happen.
“So I made a decision. Now I spoke with law enforcement and made it in conjunction with law enforcement, and I think we made a wise decision.”
Later in an interview on CNN, Trump said police advised against holding the rally. The pavilion, with a seating capacity of about 7,000 people was about three-quarters full during the rally, with a few hundred more people on the floor.
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.
Trump’s first reflex is to lie horribly.
Hats off to the well-organized protesters, inside and outside the UIC Pavilion.
This could be your chance to make the big leagues. After six years of lurid publicity, the defense has suddenly unearthed a surprise witness. After six years of delays, the defense claims a witness called them today, for the first time.
Testimony from a woman who says she had a sexual encounter with R. Kelly and an underage girl could be undermined by another witness in the singer’s child pornography trial who claims to know damaging information about the woman.
The judge abruptly halted proceedings Wednesday about an hour before the woman, who is from Georgia, was set to testify that she had an encounter with both the R&B superstar and the female who is depicted in a sex videotape at the heart of case. The Georgia woman also was expected to tell the jury that the woman was a minor at the time of the video recording.
The show will go on. I’m just a bit surprised at this development. How likely is it that a new witness no one apparently knew about would call the very day this woman was set to testify? That’s downright uncanny, as if this witness, a man, had some kind of sixth “R. Kelly” sense.
The defense appeared to be as shocked as well:
“We never knew about the witness until 9 a.m. [Wednesday],” defense attorney Sam Adam Sr. said. “The witness called us.”
Want to be a witness at the R. Kelly trial? Apparently there are still openings.