UPDATE 4-Police outnumber protesters outside Trump California rally
(Adds details about protests outside rally)
By Emily Stephenson and Steve Gorman
ANAHEIM, Calif. May 25 (Reuters) - Protesters at a rally in Southern California held by Donald Trump on Wednesday carried signs saying "Stop Nazi Trump" and "Make America Hate Again," as a large police presence stood by a day after a Trump event in New Mexico erupted into chaos.
Police outnumbered the 100 demonstrators outside the convention center where Trump was speaking. Many were unhappy about Trump's views on Hispanic immigrants and ripped apart a piñata resembling Trump and placed the paper mache head on top of a flag pole with a large Mexican flag.
Police had warned they would take "swift" action if protests at the event, in Anaheim, escalated. About 100 police officers stood watch behind metal barricades and another 50 sheriffs deputies lined up along the convention center.
Inside, Trump was disrupted by protesters as he spoke, including one who waved a Mexican flag.
"Do not hurt him," Trump said as a man was led out of the arena. "I say that for the television cameras. Even though he is a bad person."
Trump's appearances in the U.S. West in areas with significant Hispanic populations have drawn large protests - such as Tuesday night's violence in Albuquerque, where rock-throwing demonstrators were arrested. Trump's remarks that Mexico is sending criminals and rapists to the United States, made when he launched his campaign last year, have been a lightning rod for protesters.
Trump's problems with Latino voters could dampen his Nov. 8 election hopes. A poll by the political research group Latino Decisions found 87 percent of registered Hispanic voters view Trump unfavorably. States like Nevada and New Mexico have growing Hispanic populations that could tip the election. Continuación...