(National Sentinel) Politics: President Donald J. Trump held a raucous campaign-style rally in the city of Phoenix Tuesday night that no doubt was a political success, even as police outside the venue battled back against far fewer protesters than were planned.

Cops were being targeted by protesters throwing rocks and bottles at them, the Daily Mail noted — adding that Trump supporters vastly outnumbered protestors:

A combined 7,400 people had indicated that they plan to show their disgust for the president, via RSVPs on two Facebook advertisements for anti-Trump rallies. 

Only about 500 showed up, and found pro-Trump activists creating just as much noise. 

That’s a victory, in our book.

At one point, a protester wearing a gas mask kicked a canister of tear gas back at police, who then nailed the protester in the ball sack with a rubber bullet — a moment that left local journalists covering the melee nearly speechless, the UK’s Daily Mail reported:

In one wince-inducing moment screened on CBS5 and captured on Twitter, one protester – clad in a gas mask – kicked a canister of tear gas back at police.

Seconds later a cloud of dust mushroomed up from his groin and he doubled up in agony.

‘A guy just got shot with a rubber bullet,’ remarked one host, as the other lapsed into a pained silence.

‘So… er… yeah, the officers are not, are not messing around at all,’ the host stuttered as the stricken protester was dragged away by an ally.

Meanwhile, inside the venue, Trump fired up supporters with pledges to shut down the government if recalcitrant lawmakers (especially the RINOs) fail to approve funding for his proposed border wall. “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said before criticizing Democrats for being lax on national security. The House has passed a spending bill that contains border wall funding, but as usual, the RINO pricks in the Senate are not on board with it.

And while he didn’t mention them by name, Trump disparaged Arizona’s two RINO senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain, both of whom have been a pain in Trump’s ass, purposely, since before he was inaugurated.

The president also noted he would “probably” terminate NAFTA, though his administration began renegotiating the agreement last week. “Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal … I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point,” Trump said during the rally. “I personally don’t think you can make a deal without a termination but we’re going to see what happens, OK? You’re in good hands, I can tell you.”

Last week he said, “For countless Americans, this agreement has failed,” President Trump said in a statement. “We cannot ignore the huge trade deficits, the lost manufacturing jobs, the businesses that have closed or moved because of incentives — intended or not — in the current agreement.”

Before his speech, Trump also visited with Border Patrol agents in Yuma, Ariz., where they briefed him on operations. Illegal immigration has fallen more than 70 percent in some sectors along the border since the Trump administration began actually enforcing all immigration laws.

During his speech, Trump said his administration is “liberating” U.S. towns from illegal immigrants and violent gang members who are also in the country illegally.

“The people of Arizona know the deadly and heartbreaking consequences of illegal immigration,” Trump said. “The lost lives, the drugs, the gangs, the cartels, the crisis of smuggling and trafficking, and MS-13. We are throwing them out so fast, they never got thrown out of anything like this. We are liberating towns out in Long Island. We are liberating. Can you imagine in this day and age? In this day and age in this country, we are liberating towns.”

“This is like from a different age. We are taking these people. They don’t shoot people because it’s too fast and not painful. They cut them up into little pieces. These are animals. We are getting them out of here. We are throwing them in jail, throwing them out of the country. We are liberating our towns,” Trump said to cheers.

“After years of defending other countries borders, can you believe we fight for other countries? We want to defend their borders. We’re finally defending our own borders,” he added.

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