The protesting thugs at Trump’s rallies, who are also Bernie Sanders supporters, took their protests to a whole new level last night in New Mexico. Their protests turned into violent riots as they lit fires, attacked police officers, and shots were fired. Check out this madness for yourself…
(CNN)Protesters lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in New Mexico — the latest scuffle to follow the presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign.
The scene outside Albuquerque’s convention center was chaotic as police ushered protesters away from Trump’s event and into the nearby streets.
There, anti-Trump protesters — many critical of his positions on immigration — loudly chanted, “F*** Donald Trump.”
The protesters had broken a glass door to the convention center. Some taunted police and jumped on police vehicles as officers in riot gear and on police horses moved them away from the convention center’s exits.
Trump had already left the event.
Read more: CNN
Trump responds to the violent protesters:
— CBSN (@CBSNLive) May 25, 2016
Breaking: Protests At Trump Rally In Albuquerque Turn Violent As Protesters Throw Rocks & Bottles; Smoke Deployed. pic.twitter.com/k7fSrJUqEz
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 25, 2016
There were reports of shots being fired:
Police telling press in the rally that we can't leave, that shots were just fired at the building. pic.twitter.com/BZgPokjYTc
— Candace Smith (@CandaceSmith_) May 25, 2016
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) May 25, 2016
Protesters were also lighting fires:
Protesters outside Donald Trump’s Albuquerque rally ‘lighting debris on fire and launching it at police’ https://t.co/66AvxiVMSO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 25, 2016
Watch as they sing the “F*ck Trump” song:
— Candace Smith (@CandaceSmith_) May 24, 2016
Here is more video of the riots:
According to the Daily Mail:
Donald Trump has hit out at ‘thugs’ and ‘criminals’ who protested a rally in Albuquerque last night which turned violent when demonstrators trying to disrupt his speech clashed with riot police, set fires and sent people running in fear over the sound of a ‘gunshot’.
Around 100 protesters broke through a barricade outside the building shortly after Trump took to the stage, trying to throw rocks through a window and at police, and setting fires on the street outside.
One officer said that a shot was fired from a pellet gun, and a second officer said it was a bullet – though subsequent reports have cast doubts over the ‘gunfire’.
Smoke canisters erupted through the streets as police tried to surround the protesters, while multiple officers are being treated for injuries and one protester has been arrested, police told Daily Mail Online.
Trump took to his Twitter account on Wednesday morning to say: ‘The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!’
Albuquerque Police locked down the convention center’s main hall, which was empty except for staff, security and reporters filing stories.
Activists outside had tried to force their way in as Trump was finishing an hour-long speech, but a line of police forced them back. One table holding a vendor’s Trump merchandise was set on fire, and protesters threw flaming t-shirts at police.
They responded with smoke canisters and pepper spray in an effort to disperse the crowd.
Protesters outside overran barricades and clashed with police in riot gear. They also burned T-shirts and other items labeled with Trump’s catchphrase, ‘Make America Great Again.’ The scenes were reminiscent of a rally which was postponed in Chicago back in March when supporters of Trump and demonstrators clashed.
Read more: Daily Mail