Businessman and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a rally today at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona. Protesters attempted to enter the venue with protest signs, but they were turned away at the door. Speaking to a crowd of several thousand supporters, Trump began his speech speaking about his rally last night in Salt Lake City, Utah where no protesters were arrested, and Trump completed his speech from start to finish without a single interruption.
Protesters were removed at times from the convention center in Tucson. Trump said, “they’re gonna get a little bit of television time.” Protesters attempted to impede the flow of supporters into the convention center, and shouted obscenities at Trump supporters as they left the exits following the rally.
No information was available from local law enforcement regarding whether any protesters were arrested when they were removed from the rally. Approximately a dozen total protesters attempted to interrupt Trump’s speech, and each was promptly removed peacefully from the venue without incident.
Trump spoke of his primary victory in Missouri, and the reality that state election officials in Missouri have refused to declare a victor officially. Trump asked, “why hasn’t Missouri given us the victory when we’ve won. And I know politics so well…”
Trump later spoke of the need to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, saying, “Let me tell you folks; illegal immigration is gonna stop. It’s dangerous, it’s terrible, we either have a border or we don’t, and if we don’t have a border, we don’t have a country, remember that, we don’t have a country.” Trump continued, saying, “It’s tremendous crime, it’s tremendously bad for jobs and our economic development, and you know what? People are going to come into our country, and we want them to come into our country, but they’re going to come into our country legally, legally; legally. And we are going to build a wall, a real wall, a major wall. We are going to build a wall. And are you ready? Who’s going to pay for the wall?” Trump asked the audience. The crowd yelled, “Mexico!” Trump responded, “100%, 100%.”
Overall, considering how many protesters were outside the convention center, it was surprising how few of them were escorted outside the building when they interrupted Trump. Generally, the crowd of supporters inside were boisterous, they were having fun, and none of them were involved in any scuffles with protesters inside. In other words, there was no pushing, shoving, or flailing fists to be seen from any of the protesters who managed to get inside.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County, and former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer took turns warming up the crowd to get them ready for Trump’s appearance. For this rally, once again, the score was Trump 1 – Protesters 0.