Donald Trump Praises San Diego Police for ‘Handling the Thugs’ Outside Rally

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San Diego police arrested 35 people Friday during protests that followed Donald Trump’s rally here, drawing praise from the presidential candidate on Twitter.

Police move in to remove anti-Trump protesters during a protest rally outside  Donald Trump's event in San Diego on May 27. (Credit: Mark Ralston /AFP/ Getty Images)

Police move in to remove anti-Trump protesters during a protest rally outside Donald Trump’s event in San Diego on May 27. (Credit: Mark Ralston /AFP/ Getty Images)

“Fantastic job on handling the thugs who tried to disrupt our very peaceful and well attended rally. Greatly appreciated!” Trump wrote.

At least 18 people received medical attention. San Diego police reported no property damage during the protests, which drew an estimated 1,000 people.

In the Gaslamp Quarter, police declared an unlawful assembly because of violence about 4:40 p.m., announcing in Spanish and English that crowds needed to disperse. Officers with riot gear were moving among the crowd.

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