Where to begin. Eventual Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came to Costa Mesa last night and delivered an ADD-fueled rambling speech loaded with red meat for his supporters and light on facts. But the appearance and lies were secondary to the protest and violence outside of the OC Fairgrounds.
Trump tweeted that 31,000 people attended his rally in a venue that only holds 18,000. His rambling story about General Pershing and radical Muslims just makes me shake my head. Protests started well before the 7PM event started and continued long past Trump’s departure. Protesters shut down traffic; Police arrested 17 people for unlawful assembly and one Costa Mesa police car was severely damaged.
Costa Mesa Council member Katrina Foley puts the blame on the situation squarely in the Trump campaign:
“No matter if you support Trump or not, his campaign was irresponsible in failing to have a better event management plan,” said Foley. “We have police resources from all over the county, property damage, and a complete disruption of our community. Why did the Fairgrounds even agree to this so close in time to the OC Marathon which is a huge undertaking already?”
And its still April. Imagine what Trump rallies will look like in October?