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Trump's San Diego rally draws more than 1,000 chanting protesters

"Fantastic job on handling the thugs who tried to disrupt our very peaceful and well-attended rally"

Reuters reporting: Donald Trump has endured his fair share of protesters, hacklers and the likes during his campaign, but when he brought up his message of walls and deportations to the doorstep of America’s busiest border crossing on Friday, the San Diego shot back with the largest counter-protests organized against him ever.

Yet, they didn’t do much to disrupt the proceeding, which took place inside the San Diego Convention Center, while demonstrators opposed to his controversy-ridden White House bid marched and chanted, carrying signs criticizing his rhetoric against illegal immigration. Protesters used the U.S. flags and some Mexican ones.

Such response could be warranted by the simple fact that San Diego is quite literally the city of two nations and many of its people take work from both sides.

During Trump's speech on Friday, some protesters outside the convention center jumped the barrier and lobbed water bottles at police. One man was pulled off the wall and arrested as others were surrounded by fellow protesters and backed away from the confrontation.

Police in riot gear declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and ordered the crowd to disperse, herding the crowd out of the city's hotel and restaurant-filled Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego police said on Twitter that 35 arrests were made during the protest. No property damage or injuries were reported, police said.

"Fantastic job on handling the thugs who tried to disrupt our very peaceful and well attended rally," Trump tweeted to police afterwards.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

The Washington Times makes the argument that the Mexican flags, the vandalism carried out by protesters, the burning of American flags, actually provoked a backlash and resulted in greater support for Trump in California. “When people show up throwing bottles and waving the Mexican flag, you have had a lot of people who may have not been willing to support Trump who see this and say the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, who ran House Republicans’ campaign committee for two cycles a decade ago. “There is no question these are helping Trump, and Democrats know that.”” (Protests backfire as anti-American images push undecided voters to Trump, Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times, May 30, 2016).

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