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Trump rally postponed amid huge protest

A campaign rally for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been postponed following widespread protests.

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the venue for Donald Trump's campaign rally in Chicago

According to a Trump campaign statement, Trump met with law enforcement officials ahead of the rally in Chicago and decided it should be cancelled for safety reasons.

Thousands of people had gathered to protest against Donald Trump's candidacy.

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Two ex-Mexican Presidents compare Trump to Hitler

Donald Trump's political rhetoric has been compared to Adolf Hitler. Credit: Fort Worth Star-Telegram / ABACA/PA Images

US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has been compared to Adolf Hitler by two former Mexican presidents.

Felipe Calderon told reporters at an event in Mexico City Trump's political rhetoric is "racist," and evocative of Hitler.

"This logic of praising the white supremacy is not just anti-immigration," Calderon said.

He added: "He is acting and speaking out against immigrants that have a different skin color than he does, it is frankly racist and [he is] exploiting feelings like Hitler did in his time."

Trump has accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug runners across the US border and has said he will make Mexicans pay for a wall on the border.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Calderon's predecessor, also compared Trump to Hitler in an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN.

"He reminds me of Hitler," Fox told Cooper.

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Republican splits in full display as Trump skips debate

A growing rupture within the Republican party was on full display last night as Donald Trump boycotted a TV debate with his rivals in favour of holding his own rally for veterans.

Report by ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore.

The mogul may have been absent, but his presence loomed large over the official Republican debate, said ITV News correspondent Robert Moore.

Meanwhile, Trump himself gave a typically brash and bombastic performance at his own rally to an enthusiastic reception.

When asked by ITV News whether he was glad to have skipped the chance to slug it out over policy with his competitors, he answered: "This has been a great night."

And would he watch the debate later? Trump hesitated before answering, "Yeah, I probably will."

Trump says everyone 'sleeping' at Republican debate

Donald Trump has hailed his rally for veterans in Iowa as a "phenomenal night", saying more than $6 million (£4m) has been raised.

He said it was better than the debate where "they're all sleeping".

"Isn't that better than this debate that's going on where everyone's sleeping?" he said.

Jeb Bush misses 'teddy bear' Donald Trump

Former Florida Governor and Republican candidate Jeb Bush has described Donald Trump as a "teddy bear" after saying he missed his fellow candidate's appearance at the party's Iowa debate.

Trump decided to boycott the final Republican debate because of a row with hosts Fox News and instead is hosting his own rally elsewhere in the city.

Trump 'wanted to be at Fox debate' but was 'treated badly'

Donald Trump at his event for veterans on Thursday night.

Donald Trump told an audience in Iowa he wanted to be at the Fox News debate but he had been "treated badly".

Mr Trump is boycotting the final Republican debate because of a row with the network, but said Fox "wanted me there".

"I didn't want to be here. I wanted to be about five minutes away," he told the audience.

"You have to stick up for your rights, when you're treated badly."

He added: "We're told we have more cameras than they do by quite a bit."

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