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Donald Trump forced to jump barrier to evade protesters

'It felt like I was crossing the border, actually.'


Andrew Couts


Posted on Apr 29, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 9:00 pm CDT

Donald Trump has risen to become the Republican presidential frontrunner by taking the path less traveled, but on Friday he literally had to do just that. 

To avoid protesters outside the Hyatt Regency hotel near San Francisco’s airport, Trump and his entourage of Secret Service agents and handlers chose to enter the building through a rear entrance, which required the New York billionaire real-estate mogul to hop over a barrier and run up a small dirt embankment. 

Trump is in San Francisco for the California Republican convention, where he was scheduled to speak at 12pm PT. His speech was delayed, however, after protesters broke through a police barricade and attempted to storm the hotel.

The Guardian reported that roughly 500 protesters had gathered outside the Hyatt. Some threw eggs at the police, and one window was broken. The protesters were reportedly mostly young, and some appeared to be of Mexican descent. They were chanting anti-Trump slogans in English and Spanish.

Protesters continued to clash with police as the afternoon wore on, with one arrest caught on video after yet another confrontation with officers.

Friday’s unrest followed protests outside a Trump rally in Costa Mesa, California, on Thursday that resulted in a smashed police cruiser, violence from both protesters and Trump supporters, and 20 arrests.

Trump eventually took the stage just before 1pm PT and address his peculiar entrance during his speech.

“That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made,” Trump said. “It felt like I was crossing the border, actually. I was crossing the border, but I got here.”

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*First Published: Apr 29, 2016, 5:38 pm CDT