Protesters try and disrupt Trump speech at California GOP convention

Protesters blocked the entrance to the Hyatt Regency hotel in Burlingame, CA where the Republican state convention was being held, forcing Donald Trump's motorcade to make their way around to the back of the hotel. Trump hopped a fence and made his way into the hotel via a rear entrance.

Out front, there was chaos as a polyglot group of demonstrators representing several different activist groups sought to disrupt Trump's speech.

CNN:

Protesters -- some of whom wore bandanas over their faces and carried Mexican flags -- blocked off the road in front of the Hyatt Regency here, forcing the GOP front-runner's motorcade to pull over along a concrete median outside the hotel's back entrance. Trump and his entourage got out and walked into the building.

"That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made," Trump said once he began speaking at the convention, adding, "it felt like I was crossing the border."

At one point before Trump arrived, about two dozen protesters tried to rush barriers near the hotel. Police officers then rushed to the building's doors, successfully blocking the protesters from getting in. Some of the doors' handles were handcuffed from the inside so they couldn't be forced open.

Several physical altercations, including shoving, could be seen between protesters and police officers, who were using batons to push them back.

After Trump arrived, protesters took down a barrier and flooded the entrance outside the hotel, where police again blocked them from entering. They chanted, "Get him out."

Earlier in the day, Chris Conway, a 51-year-old Trump supporter who was wearing the GOP front-runner's famous "Make America Great Again" cap, claimed he was kicked, punched and spit on by Trump protesters, though he wasn't seeking medical attention. Police, apparently concerned for his safety, eventually pulled him over hedges outside the hotel and away from the crowd.

Speaking to CNN Friday afternoon, Conway said he was "not surprised" by his treatment.

"To be honest with you, I'm glad it was me and not like an 8-year-old girl being pepper-sprayed or something like that," he said.

Burlingame Police Lt. Jay Kiely said later Friday that five people were arrested, including one who was with the crowd when it tried to rush the Hyatt's entrance. One injury was reported, but Kiely did not know whether it was a police officer, protester or supporter who was hurt or the extent of the injury.

Kiely estimated the crowd was in the hundreds, though he did not have a precise figure and did not know how many police officers were dispatched to the scene. He also praised the "incredible restraint" shown by authorities.

Hispanic protesters made it clear what they were there for.. And only part of that was to protest Donald Trump:

 

"I came out here to support my people and my father," Adrian Olivares, a 23-year-old college student who was draped in a Mexican flag, told CNN. He said his goal in protesting Trump's appearance was to display his country's flag "as loud as I can."

Olivares said his father came to the United States legally in the 1980s, became a citizen and created a home cleaning business in Sonoma County.

"He's very successful," Olivares said. "And for Trump to come out and say we're just a bunch of rapists, f--- him."

"His flag" and "his people" are not the American flag or Americans. This became obvious when protesters burned an American flag.

 

Outside the Hyatt hotel where the convention is being held, over 100 protestors gathered with signs and chanted anti-Trump slogans. Some protestors formed a human chain, while others burned an American flag and a Trump-like pinata.

The violence at these Trump rallies by anti-Trump protesters is only going to get worse. The more successful Trump is in locking up the GOP nomination, the angrier the protesters get.

Someone is going to get killed unless the entire Democratic party stands up and denounces such protests. But good luck with that. As long as they think the violence is benefitting Hillary Clinton, it will continue.

 

 

Protesters blocked the entrance to the Hyatt Regency hotel in Burlingame, CA where the Republican state convention was being held, forcing Donald Trump's motorcade to make their way around to the back of the hotel. Trump hopped a fence and made his way into the hotel via a rear entrance.

Out front, there was chaos as a polyglot group of demonstrators representing several different activist groups sought to disrupt Trump's speech.

CNN:

Protesters -- some of whom wore bandanas over their faces and carried Mexican flags -- blocked off the road in front of the Hyatt Regency here, forcing the GOP front-runner's motorcade to pull over along a concrete median outside the hotel's back entrance. Trump and his entourage got out and walked into the building.

"That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made," Trump said once he began speaking at the convention, adding, "it felt like I was crossing the border."

At one point before Trump arrived, about two dozen protesters tried to rush barriers near the hotel. Police officers then rushed to the building's doors, successfully blocking the protesters from getting in. Some of the doors' handles were handcuffed from the inside so they couldn't be forced open.

Several physical altercations, including shoving, could be seen between protesters and police officers, who were using batons to push them back.

After Trump arrived, protesters took down a barrier and flooded the entrance outside the hotel, where police again blocked them from entering. They chanted, "Get him out."

Earlier in the day, Chris Conway, a 51-year-old Trump supporter who was wearing the GOP front-runner's famous "Make America Great Again" cap, claimed he was kicked, punched and spit on by Trump protesters, though he wasn't seeking medical attention. Police, apparently concerned for his safety, eventually pulled him over hedges outside the hotel and away from the crowd.

Speaking to CNN Friday afternoon, Conway said he was "not surprised" by his treatment.

"To be honest with you, I'm glad it was me and not like an 8-year-old girl being pepper-sprayed or something like that," he said.

Burlingame Police Lt. Jay Kiely said later Friday that five people were arrested, including one who was with the crowd when it tried to rush the Hyatt's entrance. One injury was reported, but Kiely did not know whether it was a police officer, protester or supporter who was hurt or the extent of the injury.

Kiely estimated the crowd was in the hundreds, though he did not have a precise figure and did not know how many police officers were dispatched to the scene. He also praised the "incredible restraint" shown by authorities.

Hispanic protesters made it clear what they were there for.. And only part of that was to protest Donald Trump:

 

"I came out here to support my people and my father," Adrian Olivares, a 23-year-old college student who was draped in a Mexican flag, told CNN. He said his goal in protesting Trump's appearance was to display his country's flag "as loud as I can."

Olivares said his father came to the United States legally in the 1980s, became a citizen and created a home cleaning business in Sonoma County.

"He's very successful," Olivares said. "And for Trump to come out and say we're just a bunch of rapists, f--- him."

"His flag" and "his people" are not the American flag or Americans. This became obvious when protesters burned an American flag.

 

Outside the Hyatt hotel where the convention is being held, over 100 protestors gathered with signs and chanted anti-Trump slogans. Some protestors formed a human chain, while others burned an American flag and a Trump-like pinata.

The violence at these Trump rallies by anti-Trump protesters is only going to get worse. The more successful Trump is in locking up the GOP nomination, the angrier the protesters get.

Someone is going to get killed unless the entire Democratic party stands up and denounces such protests. But good luck with that. As long as they think the violence is benefitting Hillary Clinton, it will continue.