‘Mr. Hate Leave Our State': Trump Protesters in Burlingame Clash With Police, Block Roads And Burn American Flag - NBC Bay Area
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‘Mr. Hate Leave Our State': Trump Protesters in Burlingame Clash With Police, Block Roads And Burn American Flag

"That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made. Under and through a fence...It's like crossing the border" — Trump on protesters blocking him

The mood was mostly peacefully in Burlingame Friday morning, but turned much more tense shortly before noon, when protestors tried to block the entrance to the Hyatt Regency. Jean Elle and Chuck Coppola reports. (Published Friday, April 29, 2016)

Vociferously chanting "Dump Trump," and "Run Trump Run," protesters trying to prevent Donald Trump from giving the kick-off speech at the California Republican Convention Friday blocked the entrance, jumped over bushes and faced off against police in riot gear.

The mood was mostly peacefully in Burlingame Friday morning, but turned much more tense shortly before noon, when protestors tried to block the entrance to the Hyatt Regency. Raucous crowds formed on Old Bayshore Highway. Police were spotted from the NBC Bay Area chopper running after them in full riot clear. One protester was escorted out of the hotel by security after she sneaked into the main convention hall and chanted: "Dump Trump."

Images From California's GOP Convention Images From California's GOP Convention

Law enforcement officials told NBC Bay Area that a five arrests had been made as of Friday afternoon. One minor injury was reported.

Despite the protests, Trump arrived at the hotel shortly after noon, jumping with his entourage over a highway wall to make his way inside, where California Republican Chair Jim Brulte told luncheon guests Trump had arrived. "That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made," Trump joked at the luncheon. "It felt like I was crossing the border."

RAW VIDEO: Trump Jumps Wall to Get Past ProtestersRAW VIDEO: Trump Jumps Wall to Get Past Protesters

Protesters blocking the entrance to the Hyatt Hotel in Burlingame, California, forced Donald Trump to jump a wall behind the hotel in order to make a planned appearance at the California Republican Convention on Friday, April 29, 2016.
(Published Friday, April 29, 2016)

"People who believe in free speech were trying to prevent Trump from coming to the convention, but the California Highway Patrol and Burlingame police are really, really good, Donald Trump has arrived and is in the hotel," Brulte said to applause from the crowd.

Outside, protesters carrying the U.S. flag, cheered when they heard that Trump had to take a back entrance to the hotel because of them, and had compared the experience to crossing the border. "The Bay Area's anti-racist communities are out here representing the real California," protesters carrying a poster reading "Sorry for your inconvenience, we're trying to change the world," said.

Trump did have supporters outside the hotel, but the overall message was against the business mogul,who has called Mexicans rapists and whose platform includes building a wall on the border with Mexico to keep foreigners out.

People outside the Hyatt held up signs that read “Mr. Hate Leave Our State,” and more explosive, expletive-laden comments.

‘Mr. Hate Leave Our State’: Protest Over Donald Trump Grows in Burlingame‘Mr. Hate Leave Our State’: Protest Over Donald Trump Grows in Burlingame

Dozens of anti-Trump protesters on Friday lined up in front of the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame ahead of presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech at the California Republican Convention kickoff lunch. Bob Redell reports
(Published Friday, April 29, 2016)

“We don’t want him to be president,” said Angelina Castro in a Facebook Live interview early Friday. Castro said she came to protest for her daughter.

"We don't have a problem with Republicans," she said. "We have a problem with racism, sexism and hatred."

Oscar Munoz, a military veteran with two college degrees, asked out loud: “Why are you racist? Why are we targets of your hate?” Munoz added, "He's a coward. I fought for my country. Did he fight for his country? I'm a vet not a rapist or murderer."

Trump wasn't there for immediate comment. But one Republican attendee told NBC Bay Area: "This is America, this is great, as long as they keep the protests peaceful, it's great."

Inside the GOP Convention Hall, Truman Jensen and his wife, Barbara, said they're voting for Trump because he has hired more people than Hillary Clinton.

The Trump brouhaha in Silicon Valley comes after the violent scene that played out in Orange County on Thursday night outside the Pacific Amphitheatre, where 17 people were arrested during a raucous protest after Trump gave a speech. One man was seen jumping on top of a police car, and a second patrol car was shattered.

Trump’s speeches have garnered support from many across the United States. But the anti-Trump sentiment is arguably among the strongest in the left-leaning Bay Area, where diversity is high and minorities from all over the world choose to live.

After his departure, protesters took over the Hyatt parking lot, protesters burned Trump effigies and in one instance, even the American flag. Another group of demonstrators chanted: "This is California, run Trump run." "Bay Area is anti-racism, Trump you're not welcome here," another group yelled.

RAW VIDEO: Trump Protesters Arrested Outside CA GOP ConventionRAW VIDEO: Trump Protesters Arrested Outside CA GOP Convention

Video from the NBC Bay Area chopper over the scene outside the California Republican Convention in Burlingame shows two Donald Trump protesters being arrested.
(Published Friday, April 29, 2016)

This weekend, Trump will be joined by Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz — who will be speaking Saturday at noon — and his newly-named running mate, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is slotted to keynote Saturday's dinner banquet.

Gov. John Kacish, who has so far led a lackluster presidential campaign, will be speaking at Friday’s dinner banquet.

RAW VIDEO: Protesters Descend on Site of CA GOP ConventionRAW VIDEO: Protesters Descend on Site of CA GOP Convention

After blocking the road leading to the Burlingame Hyatt, site of the California Republican Convention, Donald Trump protesters began making their way to the entrance of the hotel.
(Published Friday, April 29, 2016)

Party leaders hope that the Republicans' messages don't dissolve into a shouting match, or worse.

"We've talked with everybody and we're confident that we have a good system in place," said Kaitlyn MacGregor, California Republican Party spokeswoman. "And if they don't behave, we have a system to handle that."

NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell, Robert Handa and Michelle Roberts contributed to this report.

You can reach Riya @loislane28 or riya.bhattacharjee@nbcuni.com.

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