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    Trump Supporters Weigh in on Violence at Rallies
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    File image of supporters as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Crown Center Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. One supporter was charged with punching a protester at the rally, The Associated Press reported.

    Donald Trump's supporters know they're in the spotlight.

    "Don't scream at protestors, sing!" read a flyer passed out to the thousands of Trump fans waiting for his rally at the I-X Center on Saturday. The sheets included lyrics to "America the Beautiful." The urging didn't take — the crowd booed the inevitable interruptions while Trump told security to "get them the hell out."

    The event went more smoothly than Trump's morning event in Dayton, Ohio. At that event, Secret Service officials leapt to protect Trump as a man rushed the stage, NBC News reported.

    "We want to be peaceful," Michael Brigeman, a high school senior and Trump supporter, said as he waited for the Cleveland rally. "Then again, no one's going to back down if someone starts something."

    Trump has told crowds he'd like to punch protesters in the face, and referred wistfully to the days when protesters would be "carried out in a stretcher." Trump even offered to pay legal fees for anyone who would "knock the crap" out of protesters if they threw tomatoes at him.