The Latest: Trump calls violent protesters 'bunch of thugs'

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Posted: Jun 03, 2016 5:25 PM
The Latest: Trump calls violent protesters 'bunch of thugs'

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump campaign rallies in California (all times local):

2:20

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called those who attacked his supporters in San Jose, California, on Thursday a "bunch of thugs."

Trump was speaking at a campaign rally Friday afternoon in Redding, about 350 miles north of San Jose.

More than a dozen Trump supporters were punched, hit with eggs and spat on Thursday night after a rally in San Jose.

San Jose police arrested four people and defended their response as appropriately restrained. Some criticized San Jose police for intervening too slowly.

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1:30 p.m.

San Jose, California, and its police department are facing mounting complaints of a tepid and tardy response to attacks on Donald Trump supporters after a political rally.

Videos circulating online show physical clashes happening in front of San Jose police officers dressed in riot gear. The officers stand stoically in a line outside the convention center where Trump spoke Thursday night. Critics also complained that assaults occurred on side streets near the venue that lacked police presence.

The San Jose Police Department said in a statement Friday that officers initially didn't want to ratchet up the violence by responding aggressively and with physical force. Police arrested four people.

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11 a.m.

Hundreds are lining up for a Donald Trump rally in far Northern California but the atmosphere in the city of Redding is much different than it was in San Jose Thursday night when protesters pounced on Trump supporters.

There are no protesters in sight ahead of the scheduled Friday afternoon rally at the local airport, where a giant American flag flutters from a crane.

It's much more fertile ground for Trump's insurgent candidacy where rural conservative residents often feel slighted by government officials in Sacramento, 150 miles to the south, and Washington, D.C., a continent away.

Redding is the seat of Shasta County, the center of a secessionist movement to create a 51st state called Jefferson.

In San Jose Thursday night, protesters threw eggs and punches at Trump supporters, grabbed their hats, chased them and banged on their cars.