Because protestors blocked the main entrance to the Hyatt where he was supposed to speak at the California GOP convention, Trump had to enter by the rear door where the TV satellite trucks were parked. There were no protestors and hardly any police officers on this side of the hotel. He was very visible on television in the video taken from the air because of his long orange hair.
His comment to the convention was that “it felt like I was crossing the border.”
His contingent of about 12 secret service agents (11 males and one female) had to walk single file between two low concrete barriers and then exit onto the grass and dirt off what seemed to be about an 18 inch high step. Trump stumbled briefly and then unceremoniously had to walk up a scrubby incline. This is hardly the kind of entrance Trump is used to making.
As I watch him address this event of the California GOP elite, I notice his rhetoric is drastically toned down. Albeit this is a fairly small audience, there is only sporadic applause to his usual cheer-inducing lines. When people applaud I can almost count the number of claps — three for that line, five for the next…. he makes fun of Kasich eating and a few people laugh for three seconds…. there are lines that get screams at his rally.
Trump left by the same rear entrance he came in by. The protestors either didn’t know about, or were prevented from getting to the exit. His leaving was uneventful.
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