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Trump Rally Sparks Protests Inside And Out

Elaine Baumgartel / KUNM

Protesters confronted Donald Trump supporters at his rally in Albuquerque Tuesday. 

Police barriers created a sort of gauntlet where lots of Trump supporters walked past a protest on their way to see the apparent Republican presidential nominee speak at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Protesters chanted and performed a traditional ceremony, and by the time Trump took the stage inside, tensions were rising at the demonstration outside. Protestors pushed past police barriers and threw objects at officers who used smoke at one point to push back the crowd.

Inside at the rally, protesters repeatedly disrupted Trump’s speech and were removed by security.

"Aw, isn’t that nice," Trump responded. "All right, get ‘em outta here, get ‘em out. Bring em’ home to mom. Go home to mommy."

After the rally, protesters flooded several blocks of downtown Albuquerque for a couple of hours and were herded away from the convention center by police officers in riot gear.

Elaine Baumgartel was KUNM's News Director from 2013 to 2019. She was local Morning Edition host from 2007 through 2012 and she regularly hosted the station's live news and public affairs show for some years. Elaine originally came on board at KUNM as a volunteer and student employee in 2003.
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