Supporters and protesters clash
Donald Trump’s campaign in Arizona is centred on his hard line against illegal immigration, a stand that supporters are embracing in a series of tense rallies ahead of tomorrow’s presidential primary in the state.
“Illegal immigration is gonna stop,” Trump said in Tucson. “It’s dangerous, terrible.”
Both in Phoenix and Tucson, Trump was i n t roduced by ex-Arizona governor Jan Brewer, who pushed tough immigration laws in office, and Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County sheriff who made his name by chasing down people who are in the country illegally. The county includes Phoenix and nearly two-thirds of Arizona’s population.
Protesters showed up at every event. In Phoenix, they blocked the main road into his outdoor rally for several hours before it started on Saturday. In Tucson, they interrupted him and some were thrown out of the event.
Trump mocked: “We love our protesters, don’t we?” As security removed one or more, he said: “We want to do it with love,” then added bitingly, “Get ‘em outta here.”
In Tucson, one protester carried a sign with an image of a Confederate flag over an image of Trump and was kicked and punched by a Trump supporter.
Protesters hurled two water bottles at rally attendees.
Arizona Democrats also vote tomorrow, and Bernie Sanders campaigned at the US-Mexico border in Nogales. He promised to to keep immigrant families together.
RIVALS: Trump supporters and protesters shout at each other at a campaign rally