Following reports of violent protests outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in Albuquerque, the presumptive GOP nominee gloated on Twitter that the protesters outside were “thugs” and the rally inside was “beautiful.”
Trump was also quick to note some protesters waved Mexican flags, labelling them “criminals”:
The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2016
Outside the convention center in Albuquerque, protesters chanted “Fuck Donald Trump,” lit fires and smashed a door, according to CNN. Police officers used smoke devices in the crowd and some officers were injured by thrown rocks, according to NBC News.