ANAHEIM, Calif. —A day after violent protesters outside a Donald Trump rally threw burning items at police and toppled barricades, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee railed against “Crooked Hillary” Clinton and leaders in his own party who haven’t yet endorsed him in a boisterous but less heated rally on Wednesday.

Outside, demonstrators quietly held up signs reading ‘Love and Peace” and “Migration is beautiful” during the rally, but the modest crowd grew rowdier when Trump supporters came outside. The two sides shouted at each other as dozens of police, some on horseback, moved in to prevent a renewal of the violence that included rock-throwing and burning T-shirts Tuesday night in New Mexico.

Five people were arrested as a line of police slowly moved scattered protesters along a nearby street.

Inside, Trump’s rally was interrupted several times by protesters who were escorted out of the Anaheim Convention Center, which was packed with thousands of Trump supporters.

“Get ’em out!” he shouted at one point. “Out! Out! Out!” But Trump urged his supporters and security to handle his interrupters gently. “Don’t hurt ’em,” he told them. “I say that for the television cameras. Do not hurt him even though he’s a bad person.”

Later, a pair of protesters in the stands behind the candidate ripped a Trump sign in half and made a rude gesture toward the crowd.

As for Clinton, Trump noted Wednesday’s report by the State Department inspector general that faulted her for her use of private email for official business when she was secretary of state.

“She had a little bad news today, as you know. Some reports came down, weren’t so good,” Trump said. “The inspector general’s report – not good.”

Trump said that he was eager to run against Clinton, but wondered aloud, as he often does, whether she would actually be the Democratic Party’s nominee.

“It could be we’re going to run against Crazy Bernie,” he said. “He’s a crazy man, but that’s OK. We like crazy people.”

Trump appeared to be making a concerted effort on Wednesday to tout his support with women. He met with a group of female business leaders ahead of the rally and invited several onstage. “I’m telling you, women do like me,” he said.

But later he went after Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has been vigorously criticizing him.

“She gets nothing done, nothing passed. She’s got a big mouth, and that’s about it,” he said of Warren.

Trump’s western swing comes as he works to unify a Republican Party that often remains skeptical of his candidacy.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is still holding out on endorsing Trump even as his staff and other House Republicans and aides communicate increasingly closely with the Trump campaign on policy.

Meeting with reporters Wednesday, Ryan shot down rumors that an endorsement was imminent. “I don’t have a timeline in my mind and I have not made a decision and nothing’s changed from that perspective,” he said.


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