Donald Trump encountered chaotic protests before a Thursday rally at the Orange County Fairgrounds and ahead of the California Republican Convention on Friday in Burlingame, California with a sizeable number of Latinos protesting the presence of the leading Republican presidential candidate frontrunner who has made past offensive comments about Mexican immigrants during his campaign and vowed to have Mexico pay for a wall across the 1,989 mile long U.S.- Mexico border.
Most of the 2 day protests were peaceful but several arrests were made following protests that included some roof damage to 2 police cars on Thursday evening with no injuries reported.
Before the California Republican Convention at the Hyatt in Burlingame on Friday, Donald Trump’s entourage which includes several secret service guards, had to escort Trump via a backdoor route since protestors blocked the main entrance to the hotel.
Trump admitted on Friday that he went under a fence and through a fence to get to the Republican convention.
Trump later tweeted that the protestors were “thugs and criminals” and said they should be “dealt with strongly by law enforcement.”
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared at the Republican Convention on Saturday and received an endorsement from former California Governor Pete Wilson.
Ted Cruz has no real mathematical pathway to the Republican candidacy and trails Trump with total delegates by a margin of 996- 565.
There are 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican candidacy.
Ted Cruz is clinging to the outside hope of Trump not securing the 1,237 delegate threshold, leading to a contested Republican Convention in July that could see other Republican candidates such as himself being considered for the nomination.
On Tuesday May 3rd Indiana will hold state primaries with 57 Republican delegates up for grabs.
Indiana has a sizeable number of Christian conservatives that are more inclined to advocate for Cruz but so far poll results are mixed in Indiana with Clout Research showing Trump with a slight over Cruz by a margin of 37 to 35 percent while the IPFW/Downs Poll shows Cruz ahead of Trump by a margin of 45 to 29 percent.
Other polls such as the CBS/YouGov show Donald Trump is ahead of Cruz by a margin of 40 to 35 percent and a Fox News poll show that Trump leads by 41 to 33 percent.
The majority of the Indiana polls show Trump is ahead of Cruz.
All of the Indiana polls related to Democratic presidential candidacy show Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton is comfortably ahead of Bernie Sanders.
There are 83 Democratic delegates up for grabs on Tuesday during Indiana’s primary election.
-written by: John Schweitzer– firstname.lastname@example.org