Story by Denise Jones/Co-editor in chief/@denisejonesLBCC
Photo by Joshua Miller/Co-editor in chief/@joshua_miller8
Just a day after violence erupted at a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump event in Albuquerque, N.M., he spoke at a second rally for supporters at the Anaheim Convention Center on Wednesday, May, 25.
Trump’s first campaign visit to Orange County in Costa Mesa on April 28 led to violence breaking out between supporters and protesters and 17 arrests were made and injuries were reported.
In anticipation of Trump’s ability to draw an emotionally charged crowd, the Anaheim Police Department deployed additional officers in advance of the event, with the assistance of officers from neighboring Santa Ana and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, including officers from the Mounted Enforcement Detail.
Trump spoke of deporting illegal immigrants and women’s inequality issues, while supporters occasionally chanted of “Trump, Trump” and “Build that wall.”
Trump made statements like “Hillary Clinton should be in jail” and “She is by far the worst person to be in office.” He called Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders “Crazy Bernie” and potential vice-presidential candidate “Elizabeth Warren, Pocahontas.”
On their signs, protesters wrote messages against Trump calling him a racist, a xenophobe, an adulterer and bully. They criticized Trump’s continued use of negative gender statements regarding Clinton and Warren.
At no time during his speech did Trump expand on his plans to fulfill his campaign promise of better paying jobs for America’s middle class and changing the plight of young African American males, nor did he mention his stand on international relations and his plans for public policy, if elected.
A Trump supporter, Orange County’s Tito Ortiz, a Bellator mixed martial arts fighter from Huntington Beach and of Mexican descent, was spotted as he entered the event.
The heavy presence of police vehicles, motorcycles and mounted officers posted at the various entrances around the Convention Center and in the courtyard between the Hilton and Marriott hotels perhaps aided in the calmer atmosphere and less protest activity before the rally in comparison to the one in Costa Mesa.