- Police clashed with protesters outside Donald Trump’s rally in Costa Mesa, California Thursday night
- One group of protesters was filmed trying to flip over a police car outside the Pacific Amphitheater where he spoke
- Hundreds of demonstrators flooded the streets, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition
- One Trump supporter was seen bloodied after being punched in the face, while about 20 people were arrested
- The Republican frontrunner was campaigning on Thursday ahead of the state’s June 7 presidential primary
- He is vying for votes in the primary election to narrow the gap to the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination
- Trump leads Kasich and Cruz in the California polls, with an estimated 45.7 per cent of voters, according to Real Clear Politics
Published: 23:57 EST, 28 April 2016 | Updated: 07:15 EST, 29 April 2016
Police clashed with hundreds of protesters outside Donald Trump’s rally in Southern California on Thursday night.
At least one police car was smashed up as hundreds of demonstrators – many of them waving Mexican flags – took to the streets outside the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, Orange County where Trump was speaking.
Police in riot gear form a line to break up a group of protesters, one with a Mexican flag, outside Trump’s campaign rally
The protesters flooded the street outside the amphitheater with some stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to Trump – bringing traffic to a halt and creating a tense standoff with authorities.
One Trump supporter was pictured with a bloody face after clashing with the anti-Trump activists, many of whom appeared to be young Hispanic people.
The violence in Southern California where Latinos make up a large segment of the population suggests Trump may face more of this in the days to come, as he campaigns ahead of the state’s June 7 primary. Trump currently leads Kasich and Cruz in the California polls, with an estimated 45.7 per cent of voters, according to Real Clear Politics.