Undeterred by the freeway-crossing, median-hopping trek to sidestep protesters at his last Bay Area rally, Donald Trump is back—this time in San Jose.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has scheduled a “Make America Great Again!” event for 7pm Thursday at the San Jose Convention Center. The evening event comes on the heels of another rally in Sacramento and days ahead of California’s June 7 primary.
During his last Bay Area appearance—the late-April California Republican Party convention in Burlingame—the New York City businessman reached the hotel’s back entrance by way of a Highway 101 service road to avoid picketers.
In a speech to supporters that evening, the candidate likened his roundabout entrance to a border crossing.
“That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made,” Trump quipped. “I felt like I was crossing the border, actually.”
— Beth Willon (@bethwillon) June 1, 2016
It's safe to say, given Silicon Valley's large population of Latinos and other minorities, that protesters will come out in full force for the San Jose rally. Local law enforcement is certainly bracing for an emotionally charged crowd from both pro- and anti-Trump camps.
KQED's South Bay reporter Beth Willon ran a piece this morning that discussed how Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric has prompted a surge in Latino voter registration. Here's a link to that article.
The Seattle Times ran another interesting piece over the weekend about how Trump's ideas on not only immigration, but trade and the innovation economy have united Silicon Valley against him in disgust. Click here, to give it a read.
To register for the San Jose event, fill out a form on Trump’s campaign website.