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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- "We're going to make America great again."

A large crowd turned out for a Donald Trump rally in St. Louis, the first public campaign event for the Republican presidential front-runner since one of the billionaire's supporters was charged with punching a protester at a Wednesday rally.

The line waiting to get into Friday's lunchtime rally at the city's Peabody Opera House circled several blocks. Most were turned away _ the theater holds just 3,100 people. Dozens of city police officers stood at various points in the line. Others watched from rooftops of neighboring buildings.

Several protesters marched outside, mostly in an area confined behind a makeshift fence. Some exchanged shouts with Trump supporters.

Trump is seeking support ahead of Missouri's presidentialprimary on Tuesday. Rival Ted Cruz is speaking at a rally Saturday in the St. Louis County town of Ballwin. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton also is holding a St. Louis rally on Saturday.

Protesters repeatedly interrupted the Republican candidate. Trump said, ``these are not the people who made our country great.''

He also complimented the police and security officers who escorted the protesters out of the rally.

Trump says the media is focusing too much on the protests that interrupt his rallies, and not enough on ``the love that's in these rooms.''

But he added, ``this is more exciting that having a speech.''

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Crowd sings “Goodbye” song inside rally.  “Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey, Hey, Hey. Goodbye.”

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Crowd chanting, “USA, USA!”

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A protester at the Trump rally, wearing a red Guy Fawkes mask, stands on the American flag as Trump supporters enter the auditorium.