‘Get ‘em out': Trump demands ejection of protesters from ‘intense’ rally (VIDEO)
For once the Republican frontrunner struggled to get his words out, as security tried for several minutes to maintain order in a crowd containing people opposing Trump’s bid for the White House.
Footage broadcast from the rally in Louisiana shows the billionaire businessman becoming increasingly irate as he is disrupted by protesters shouting out during his speech.
It came hours before Louisiana polling stations opened for the latest round of primaries.
At one stage, Trump calls for bouncers to throw the protesters out of the venue.
“Oh no, not another one. Get out of here. Get out. Get out,” he shouts. “Troublemakers. Real troublemakers. This is a wild evening. This is one hell of a way to spend a Friday evening.”
Trump’s security duly obliged and footage posted online shows people being dragged out of the audience as Trump supporters shout expletives.
NBC News reporter Katy Tur took to Twitter to describe the scenes as “scary”, while her colleague Ali Vitali said the rally was the “most intense” she had witnessed.
Trump, however, later played down events on Twitter, simply referring to the rally as having a “big and energetic crowd”.
Tonight was the most intense rally I've witnessed so far on the trail. This is just a clip: pic.twitter.com/SKE5TOQqz9— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) March 5, 2016
That was a tense rally. Scary at points.— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) March 5, 2016
Great time last night in Louisiana. Big and energetic crowd. Go out and vote now, polls open. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2016
Members of the Black Lives Matter movement were among the protesters present. Meanwhile, one activist dressed in a suit could be seen carrying a poster with ‘KKK 4 Trump’ written on it.
The tense scenes inside the rally followed a more placid anti-Trump protest outside the LakeFront Airport venue earlier in the day. Scores of protesters carrying signs such as ‘Racism and Hate are not American Values’ were accompanied by marching band music.
Referencing political commentator John Oliver’s social media quest to have Trump take his ancestral name, one woman carried a homemade placard emblazoned with ‘Dump Drumpf’.