Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that the country is “so divided,” people are upset over “what’s been going on for years,” “we have to bring jobs back to this country,” and “experts, say this increases the vote for Trump” during an interview on MSNBC on Friday after cancelling his rally in Chicago.
Afteer stating that he cancelled the rally because he thought it was the safer thing to do and that he didn’t want to see anyone get hurt, Trump said, “We have a country that’s so divided that maybe even you don’t understand it. I’ve never seen anything like it. And this has been going on for years. And on one side you have people that haven’t been able — haven’t had a pay increase in ten years frankly, and the businesses are moving out of the country, and they’re upset and they’re angry. And the other side, you have people that feel differently about other elements. And it all comes together, and you see it all over. You see it here. You see it in lots of different locations. And there’s a lot of anger in the country. And it’s very sad to see, actually.”
When asked if he told his supporters not to engage with protesters, Trump stated, “I actually did that in saying that we’re going to postpone the rally. We actually said be peaceful and go in peace, and, for the most part they have, Chris.”
He continued, “[Y]ou have so much anger in the country. I mean, it’s just anger, in the country. And it’s not directed at — I don’t think it’s directed at me, or anybody. It’s just directed at what’s been going on for years. And it’s on both sides.”
Trump further said, “[W]e’ve had, for the most part, we’ve had, by far, the biggest rallies. Literally, we had over 25,000 people wanting to come today. And it’s incredible, when you look, and I’ve had many — I’ve had the biggest rallies by far, bigger than anybody, far bigger than [Democratic presidential candidate Senator] Bernie [Sanders] (I-VT) or anybody. And frankly, we’ve had very, very little disruption. We’ve some had protests where an individual would stand up, and they’d be whisked out, not a big deal. But, we have had very, very little protest. And we’ve had nobody hurt. And hopefully we can keep that going. That’s why I did this today. I don’t want to see people hurt, or worse.”