Protesters clash with police outside Donald Trump rally in San Diego
Trump denies California is experiencing a drought as hundreds of riot police are deployed to deal with demonstrators
Police in riot gear fired pepper-balls and beanbags at protesters outside a Donald Trump rally in San Diego, California, on Friday evening as unrest inspired by the presumptive Republican nominee continues to simmer.
Earlier in the day in Fresno, Trump denied that there was a major drought affecting the state, saying instead that when he becomes president he will start opening up the water.
Were going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is ridiculous where theyre taking the water and shoving it out to sea, Trump said.
Speaking later to a rapturous crowd in San Diego, Trump assailed Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and vowed to seal the nearby border with a beautiful wall. He also vowed to win California in the general election with the help of Latino and women voters, claiming they loved him.
But outside, hundreds of riot police in military-style fatigues were deployed to deal with protesters, who were waving Mexican flags and holding signs that read fuck Trump.
The protests were peaceful – if noisy – but a major deployment of police pushed them back away from the convention center and along Harbor Drive to an overpass. Trapped there, the number of protesters dwindled to several dozen as police pushed on with armored vehicles, firing pepper-balls and beanbag rounds at the crowd.