Things are heating up in California. This weekend, Burlingame hosts the state’s Republican convention where Donald Trump, John Kasich, and Carly Fiorina are all scheduled to speak. At the first event yesterday, Trump spoke at a lunch banquet at the Burlingame Hyatt, but due to protesters who had amassed outside the convention center, Trump was forced to abandon his limo and proceed on foot to the event.
While en route to the event at the Hyatt, Trump’s motorcade made a u-turn off Highway 101 and then the real estate mogul, surrounded by an entourage of secret service, private security, and advisors, made his way on foot down the median before hopping a fence to enter the hotel via a backdoor, past dumpsters.
According to a local CBS affiliate, more than 10,000 people replied on Facebook that they were either interested or planning on attending protests against Trump outside the convention.
Addressing those gathered inside and in true Trump fashion, the presidential candidate said:
‘That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made. It felt like I was crossing the border actually. I was crossing the border, but I got here.’
It’s reassuring to know some border crossings are justified in Trump’s mind.
Outside the convention, protesters chained themselves together to form a human barrier. So far reports indicate that five arrests were made and one protester was injured.
— Emily Turner (@turner_loose) April 29, 2016
Protesters hold back a Republican supporter from getting into Hyatt where Trump will speak. pic.twitter.com/7FzH1cyNXv
— Lyanne Melendez (@LyanneMelendez) April 29, 2016
Burlingame Police Lt. Jay Kiely told ABC that:
‘Planning efforts are focused on guaranteeing that protesters are freely able to exercise their First Amendment rights, while ensuring the safety of both the protesters as well as those attending various events at the convention.’
Watch the footage below as a perplexed CNN host refers to the “guys in ties” abandoning the Trump motorcade and proceeding on foot to the Hyatt. Is this as completely unprecedented as the media outlets make it seem? Yes and no. Right now, it’s just more all-Trump, all-the-time coverage. But as protesters continue to voice their discontent with the motley crew of candidates this election cycle, things are certainly going to look more and more unprecedented every day.
Featured Image via YouTube screengrab.