With thousands lining up to hear Trump, it may have seemed like a warm welcome, but a group of protesters today gathered to send the opposite message, chanting and holding signs as they yelled for Donald Trump to go home.
A few dozen protesters gathered outside the event to deliver a forceful message to Donald Trump…and some protesters even made it inside, to interrupt the event.
“Stop the hate…”
Go home Donald Trump and Dump the Trump were just some of the messages from protestors outside the Phoenix Convention Center today.
“It’s unfortunate to have Donald Trump in Phoenix,” said Erika Andiola, one of today’s protesters. “It’s our home; it’s where we’ve been fighting really hard to fight the hate.”
While some ticketholders lined up waving the American flag...Eric Alvarez protested...wearing his American flag.
“I was born in California,” said Alvarez. “I’m a citizen. I’m proud of everything in America.
But in Alvarez' view, Trump's comments linking undocumented immigrants to drugs, crime and rape disrespect Latinos.
“All Latinos are not criminals,” says Alvarez. He says he is going to get the Latino vote…he’s not. I don’t think he is, he’s just dreaming.
Inside the Phoenix Convention Center thousands of people are gathered listening to Trump speak, but outside in triple digit heat a fiery crowd of protesters waved signs that read, “Mr. Trump, you are fired.”
At one point, protestors inside held up a sign during trumps speech. In the video, you can see, those around start to yank the sign down. Here's trump responding to the hecklers...
“You can shout, I wonder if the Mexican government sent them over here, I think so.”
Michael Martinez was kicked out of the event moments later…
“It got heated, said Martinez. I was removed from the property. I was told I would be arrested. While I was being escorted out if I didn’t leave while the other gentleman who was intimidating other people was pushed back into the crowd and allowed to stay.”
On the whole, the protest was peaceful and Phoenix police said they had no arrests or any issues with protesters or Trump supporters.