Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, known for his hardline stand on illegal immigration, says it felt like he was crossing the border after protesters forced him to make a detour in California. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Trump on protest detour: “Felt like I was crossing the border”
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says it “felt like I was crossing the border” after protesters forced him to take a detour in California.
Trump’s motorcade had to pull over on the side of the road next to the hotel where the front-runner was set to speak to a group of Republicans. Trump could be seen getting out of his SUV and walking along a jersey wall to enter the hotel through a back door.
About 300 people gathered outside the state Republican convention in Burlingame, south of San Francisco. Protesters, who held signs and Mexican flags, at one point rushed security gates, and police officers had their batons out.
Chaotic scenes broke out on Thursday outside a Trump rally at the county fair grounds in Costa Mesa, California. Media reported that anti-Trump protesters smashed the window of a police patrol car and blocked traffic. Some 20 people were arrested.
Trump has won a following among Republican voters in the United States, along with ardent critics, for his hardline stand on illegal immigration. He has accused Mexico of sending drug dealers and rapists across the U.S. border, and promised to end it by building a wall and making Mexico pay for it.