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Trump Supporters Attacked By Protestors Outside San Jose Rally

Violence continues to plague the GOP presumptive nominee's campaign events.

Several Donald Trump supporters were attacked outside a rally for the presumptive GOP nominee in San Jose, California, on Thursday night.

In a video clip posted to Twitter, Fusion reporter Tim Pool spoke with a man who said he yelled, "Yeah Trump!" after leaving the event. The video shows someone swinging what appears to be a shopping bag containing something heavy, then flashes forward to show the side of the man's head bleeding and his shirt spattered with blood. Other reporters wrote of fist fights breaking out between factions of Trump supporters and Trump protesters.

"I was walking out with a Trump sign and he grabbed my Trump sign and started following me, saying I was a racist and stuff," the man in Pool's video said. A reporter then asks if he said anything to provoke the assailant.

"I was just like 'Yeah Trump, Trump!" the man said.

Pool, who was outside the rally, uploaded several videos to Twitter showing an increasingly large crowd of protestors. Another clip shows police in riot gear lined up to secure a path for Trump supporters to enter the event. 

One Trump supporter was cornered and was targeted with eggs and bottles, according to NBC News reporter Jacob Rascon.

Trump rallies frequently feature violent confrontations between the candidate's supporters and protestors. A black student was shoved out of one such event by a 75-year-old veteran in March, and a 15-year-old girl was pepper-sprayed at a rally in Wisconsin. A Connecticut man was arrested in April for threatening to bomb a Trump rally

The Huffington Post has kept a running tally of racist things that have happened at Trump events, and the list is long.

Trump himself, at the start of his speech Thursday night, apparently joked about criticism that he has encouraged violence at campaign events.

"Leave them alone, we gotta be nice," Trump said at one point after a protestor was spotted in the crowd. "'Don't hurt 'em.' See the way I say that? I've learned."

Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

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