A video of the violence shows protesters breaking a cop cruiser’s windows, jumping on the top of the car, and at one point, trying to flip the vehicle.
Approximately 20 people got arrested and there were no major injuries, reported the local police.
#OCSDPIO Post Trump Rally Protest over. Approx 20 arrests by Costa Mesa PD. No major injuries. Crowd dispersed by 11pm. No further updates
— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) April 29, 2016
“I’m protesting because I want equal rights for everybody, and I want peaceful protest,” said 19-year-old Daniel Lujan, one of hundreds of mostly younger Latino protester said to the Los Angeles Times.
“This is the anger people have against Trump,” said another protester, Jose Cruz, 21, as he pointed to the protesters running in the middle of the street.
Colby Nicholson, 30, who described himself as a Trump supporter and was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, said to the LA Times:
“These people are stupid, but Americans are not stupid in general. These are all underage Mexican high schoolers who have nothing to do.”
Back window has been smashed out of a Costa Mesa police cruiser. Protester: “I think Donald Trump did it!” pic.twitter.com/FTj4JoiAdN
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) April 29, 2016
One CNN reporter shared a photo of a Trump supporter who was punched in the face.
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) April 29, 2016
Inside the rally, Trump made no reference to the violence outside, instead saying to the audience, “Our rallies are the safest place to be on Earth, believe me. 31,000 people tonight, and we have thousands of people outside where they can’t get in.”
He also posted a picture of an aerial view of the amphitheater on his Twitter account.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2016
California is voting in the primaries on the last day of the Republican primaries, June 7. There are 172 delegates at stake in the state.