Republican presidential hopeful—nominee Donald J. Trump—continues to campaign in Southern California on May 25. A visit to Anaheim early, Los Angeles late, has both crowds and sheriff’s departments buzzing to keep the peace.
From a scheduled to tape an appearance this afternoon taping for tonight’s ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to a fundraiser in his honor at the Brentwood home of real estate investor Thomas Barrack Jr. tonight, the 69-year-old businessman now will make a foray into fundraising.
Trump, who has funded his own campaign thus far, will now partner with the Republican National Committee in hopes of securing large scale donations to bankroll his expected high-priced general election battle in November.
Today, Trump will hold a rally at the Anaheim Convention Center today at high noon, one day after Clinton’s opponent for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, held a rally there.
The visit will be Trump’s first to Orange County since April 28, when his appearance in Costa Mesa sparked protests that turned violent and ended with 17 arrests. Some of the protesters jumped on police cars.
Violence seems to follow Trump rallies as his excited fans clash with protesters.
Tuesday night at a Trump rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Several Albuquerque Police Department officers were injured as a result of being hit by rocks thrown by anti-Trump protesters. Protesters also threw bottles and rocks at police horses, and at least one person was arrested, police said.
Trump tweeted about the New Mexico protest, saying:
“The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!” (@RealDonaldTrump)
In Orange County, this morning, the Anaheim Police Department Chief Raul Quezada warned protesters that there is no room for violence in his city.
“While we recognize and respect the First Amendment rights of all individuals to express their viewpoints and protest peacefully, we will not tolerate violence or disobedience of the law during the upcoming rally in Anaheim,” Quezada said.
“Everyone has the right to participate without fear of violence or disorder, and we are prepared to take swift and decisive enforcement action should it become necessary.”
Protesters are prohibited from blocking sidewalks, interfering with vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and directly advocating violence or imminent lawless activity, Quezada said. Engaging in such behavior may be grounds for the declaration of an unlawful assembly and the arrest of those involved, he said.