Police in the Costa Mesa and Orange County area arrested 20 people protesting presidential candidate Donald Trump. Hundreds of protesters blocked traffic in the streets surrounding the area where Trump held a rally. Fights were seen breaking out and some chanted “Racists go home!” Others repeatedly yelled “Whose streets? Our streets!” It is reported that some people waved American and Mexican flags. It is reported that at least one police car had its windows smashed, another police SUV had its tired punctured, and a crowd unsuccessfully tried to flip a police car. Additionally, police claim one cop was struck in the head by a rock. Camera footage shows rocks being thrown at the cars trying to get into the Trump event. It is reported by the LA Times that it was mostly Latino activists present at the rally.
The next day, hundreds of protesters forced Donald Trump to leave his motorcade and cross a freeway while he was trying to get to the Republican debate in Burlingame. They also reportedly tried to storm the hotel where Trump was supposed to give his speech. California is the last state to vote in the Republican primary, and the contest that awards the most delegates. In this notoriously liberal state, it seems as though Americans have lost patience for what they view as the conservative racism and bigotry that Trump represents. Protests are expected to continue as Trump makes his way through California.
Malicious Mischief (Also Known as Vandalism)