After a day's worth of drama over the crowd size at Donald Trump's rally here Thursday, the Republican presidential front-runner's campaign attempted to bar anyone who did not pledge their support from attending his event.
But that didn't stop a number of protesters from disrupting the event held just blocks from Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign headquarters. On multiple occasions, pro-Sanders or anti-Trump activists made themselves known to the auditorium, one group even moving towards the stage with a "dump Trump" sign before being escorted out.
Trump said those who made it into his rally at a 1,400-seat auditorium were "very lucky" after his campaign distributed 20,000 free tickets. Supporters waited in line for hours hoping to get in.
Some who made it through security told NBC News they were asked if they were Trump supporters. Those who said yes were allowed in, while many that didn't were turned away.
"We have more than 20,000 people that showed up for 1,400 spots. I'm taking care of my people, not people who don't want to vote for me or are undecided," Trump said in a statement. "They are loyal to me and I am loyal to them."