(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — A protester was arrested after a chaotic scene erupted outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico overnight, which left several officers injured after being pelted by rocks.
Several #APD officers are being treated for injuries as a result of being hit by rocks. At least one subj arrested from the riot.
— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) May 25, 2016
Throngs of protesters gathered outside the rally in Albuquerque and several protesters were escorted out of the rally Tuesday evening.
Police confirmed to ABC News that they used pepper spray and smoke grenades to control the situation.
At one point, protesters broke through a barricade erected by police, rushing the convention center where Trump was speaking. While Albuquerque police prevented them from getting inside, police say protesters started to throw rocks and bottles at their horses.
It was Trump’s first campaign event after a brief hiatus from the trail. He last spoke at the NRA’s annual convention after receiving the group’s endorsement on Friday.
The business mogul was met with familiar faces, but protesters were also an hand — angry at the presumptive nominee’s presence.
Dozens broke through barricades, threw rocks at police and disrupted the event. Many linked themselves to barricades to prevent themselves from being removed.
Inside, Trump spoke to thousands of his supporters. But as he made his remarks, he was interrupted several times by protesters. One woman trying to avoid removal tried to lock herself to a metal barricade. Police were forced to carry her out of the arena.
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) May 25, 2016
“This is so exciting, isn’t it?” Trump said when another protester was escorted out by police. “Still wearing diapers, look at this guy! I’m telling you the kid looks like he’s 10 years old,” Trump added.
Even amid protests, Trump continued to tout his more controversial policies. Declaring that he would “build that wall” and vowing to keep Syrian refugees out of New Mexico.
He also hit his presumptive rival Hillary Clinton for being bad for the economy and jobs, joking that she still hasn’t beaten “crazy” Bernie during the Democratic primary.
And he went on to address Clinton’s recent attack — a campaign web video that quoted a comment he made in 2006, saying “I sort of hope” that the real estate market would crash so that Trump could “make a lot of money.”
Trump, in turn, called her a “low life.”
“I’m a businessman — that’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s what I’m supposed to do. I mean, I’m a businessman, so when the housing market goes down — I like it if it goes down,” he said.
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