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March 12, 2016

Local pols react to Trump rally protests, cancellation

Chicago campaign stop center of controversy

Some local lawmakers were quick to speak their minds about the controversy that swirled at a Donald Trump rally in Chicago Friday evening.

Trump cancelled the event after a group of people who wished to speak out against what they believe have been divisive comments from the presidential candidate protested the rally.

READ: Protesters cheer when Trump rally canceled, jeer supporters

Supporters of Trump who attended the rally said the protesters were themselves intolerant for their actions, calling them "unfair."

State Rep. Jordan Harris, a Democrat from Philadelphia, sided with the protesters, calling Trump "racist" and responding to a follower who said Trump's rhetoric was free speech, countering that the protesters were exercising that very right.

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Democrat representing Northeast Philly and part of Montgomery County, wrote in an editorial for PhillyVoice earlier this month that Trump's candidacy is a "cancer" to the country.

He said on Twitter Friday the scene at the Trump rally was "surreal."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who dropped out of the GOP race and has endorsed Trump, was questioned about the candidate's responsibility to keep his rally-goers under control. Christie said no, according to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Maddie Hanna.

On the national stage, the candidates still in the race from both parties condemned Trump for the environment at his rallies.

Trump, for his part, called the protesters "thugs" and blamed the Democratic candidates for what occurred.