The protestors who attacked Donald Trump’s supporters Thursday afternoon in San Jose were “a bunch of thugs,” Trump said at his Friday rally in Redding, California.
“Last night in San Jose we had an amazing, packed crowd,” said Trump. “It was a love fest inside, no problems whatsoever.”
But outside, “they get accosted by a bunch of thugs burning the American flag, burning the American flag. And you know what they are, they’re thugs.”
In response, supporters at the Redding rally began chanting ‘Build the wall.’ Trump has pledged to build a wall along the United States’ southern border.
Trump supporters leaving the San Jose rally were confronted by a mob of anti-Trump protesters. Trump supporters were sucker-punched, had eggs thrown on them and were left bleeding and on the ground, according to videos posted online. One Trump supporter was chased and a police officer was assaulted .
Trump’s description of the San Jose rally echoed many other Trump rallies where attendees inside the venue behaved positively. Meanwhile anti-Trump protesters gathered in rallies like those in San Diego, Costa Mesa, Albuquerque devolved into violence and destruction.
“I’m gonna play heavy in California, right? I think we can win it,” said Trump. “I mean we get crowds like this all over the place … There’s no hanger big enough.”
At one point Trump paused the rally to make sure a woman in the audience got medical attention.
Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray posted regarding the heat at the Friday rally:
— Gerry Gray (@ggfire343) June 3, 2016
Trump asked the Redding crowd to give the medical responders applause as the woman in medical distress received help. “The police and the medics and the firemen and women, whatever, the job they do and they’re not appreciated in this country, they’re going to start being appreciated again folks.”
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