More Than 20 Arrested Following Trump Speech In Orange County
(CNS) Posted: Friday, April 29, 2016 – 10:51 AM
More that 20 people were arrested tonight as hundreds of protesters raged outside the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa banging on cars, throwing rocks at motorists and attacking police following a speech by Republican presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump.
Hundreds of demonstrators, most believed to be anti-Trump protesters, thronged the intersection of Fair Drive and Fairview Drive, outside the Orange County Fair & Event Center by 8:30 p.m. Some of those in the crowd were thought to be Trump supporters who were unable to get inside to see the candidate’s speech.
People had been gathering at the fairgrounds since about 4 p.m. Eventually, the crowd stopped traffic around the venue as protesters marched in the streets carrying U.S and Mexican flags, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Dump the Trump” signs sprouted through the crowd as demonstrators smashed a window on a police cruiser and punctured the tires on a police SUV. Some protesters tried to overturn a police car as well, according to The Times.
Colby Nicholson, a 30-year-old Trump supporter told The Times, “These people are stupid, but Americans are stupid in general. These are all underage Mexican high schoolers who have nothing to do.”
Juan Carlos, 16, told The Times his family came from Mexico to the U.S. and he was here to support the protesters and others like him.
“Donald Trump is worthless,” Carlos told The Times. “There won’t be a United States without Mexicans.”
Costa Mesa police and about 50 Orange County sheriff’s deputies, including mounted units, worked to clear the intersection and get the crowd to disperse, according to Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Mark Stichter.
More than 20 people had been arrested by 11 p.m., according to Costa Mesa police, but the streets were mostly cleared and quiet by then.