Donald Trump had to find an alternate way to get into the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel April 29 to avoid hundreds of protesters in front of the hotel.
Many of the protesters held Mexican flags and signs protesting Trump, wore bandanas covering their faces and chanted “get him out.”
Trump, flanked by over a dozen security guards, crossed a highway, jumped a barricade, and entered the hotel by a side entrance to speak at the California Republican Party convention.
“That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made,” Trump said once he began speaking at the convention, adding, “it felt like I was crossing the border.”
WATCH: Trump comments on entering convention surrounded by protesters. “It felt like I was crossing the border.” https://t.co/SCQmu4FjGo
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 29, 2016
CNN reports that “at one point, about two dozen protesters tried to rush barriers near the hotel. Police officers then rushed to the building’s doors, successfully blocking the protesters from getting in.”
Burlingame Police Lt. Jay Kiely estimated the crowd to be in the hundreds, though he did not have a precise figure. He said one individual was detained and there was an initial report of a non-serious injury, but he did not provide further details.
Police in riot gear blocked every entrance to the hotel, and there were multiple altercations between the police and the protesters.
— Josh Haskell (@joshbhaskell) April 29, 2016
These protests follow a night of violent protests in Costa Mesa, California, where approximately 20 people were arrested and video showed a police car being attacked by protesters.
Jim Brulte, the state GOP chair, said the protesters were trying to silence Trump. “Some people who don’t believe in free speech tried to stop Donald Trump from entering the building,” he said.
Protesters tearing down barricade pic.twitter.com/Pqu92LsgKP
— Tom LoBianco (@tomlobianco) April 29, 2016
Protesters have disrupted Trump’s rallies across the country, including a highly publicized Chicago rally, when they had to cancel the event. Rarely, though, have the protests escalated into mass street demonstrations such as the ones in California.