If this was a sporting event the term “sold out crowd” could be used to describe what was a very charged rally at the San Diego Convention Center where thousands gathered to see the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump speak Friday (May 27) as the Memorial Day weekend began.
KUSI TV’s John Soderman, who was covering the event told The Times-Advocate, “There were at least twenty-thousand people.” Not all of them were able to get inside for the big event and had to listen outside the convention center. Thirty-five protesters were arrested near the convention center but no injuries or property damage was reported by the San Diego Police Department.
One of the speakers before Trump was former Vice-Presidential candidate and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. She didn’t hesitate to take a shot at President Obama—who at the time was visiting Japan. She said it was “stupid thinking that it is OK on the Memorial Day weekend for the Democrat leader to take another apology lap, this time dissing our vets, with claims that our greatest generation perhaps perpetuated the evil of World War II.”
Trump took to the stage to the music of “Y’all ready for this” by Jock Jams. Trump responded to the cheering crowd: “Wow what a crowd” and joked “How many people ya think fit in this room?” Trump also said he “loved the people of San Diego.”
Trump then welcomed some of San Diego County’s local military heroes on stage and thanked them for their service. This prompted the crowd to start chanting “USA USA USA!” On the stage with the heroes were former Congressman Duncan Hunter Sr. and his son current Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. and Congressman Darrel Issa.
Trump then announced that his campaign “raised more than $5.5 million dollars to donate to Veterans” and would “release a full disclosure of their charity efforts on Tuesday June 2nd.”
Trump had a few things to say about the state of the Democratic race here in California. “We are going to win the state of California because people are tired. People are tired of the Hillary Clintons of the world. It’s all talk, it’s no action, it’s Crooked Hillary. It’s the same stuff, and our country can’t take another four years of Obama.”
He praised Senator Bernie Sanders, who is still locked in a delegate fight with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. “Bernie Sanders has been great. We like Bernie, I like Bernie. You know why I like him? He doesn’t have a chance, and what he’s doing to [Hillary] is incredible. Because the system is rigged against Bernie. Did you ever notice, he wins, he wins, he wins, he wins.”
Trump spoke for about ten minutes about a current lawsuit in federal court that he is involved with regarding Trump University. “The case [which will take place in San Diego] will be taking place in November the same time as the president election.” He added, “The case was a disgrace,” and said, “The lawsuit should have been dismissed at summary judgment.” He took aim at U.S. Federal Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is judging the case, and who Trump said was prejudiced against him.
Turning to education, health care and the Second Amendment, Trump declared,
“We’re going to knock out Common Core. We’re going to bring our education to a local level and we’re going to do great. Repeal and replace Obamacare!” On the Second amendment Trump took another jab at former Secretary of State Clinton saying: “We are going to save our Second amendment. Remember, Crooked Hillary wants to terminate, wants to abolish our second amendment.”
In closing Trump said, “We’re going to win on education. No more Common Core, bring it down, bring it down, we want it local. We’re going to win with health care. We’re going to win at the border. We’re going to win at trade. We’re going to win so much that you people are going to be calling your President and you’re going to say, ‘please Mr. President, we don’t want to win anymore you’re winning too much. You’re driving us crazy!’ And I’m going to say, ‘I am very sorry but we’re going to keep winning. And we’re going to win, win, win, and we’re going to make America great again!’ ” He concluded, “I love you San Diego, get out and vote. Get out and vote. We’re going to win California, thank you everybody.”
Editor’s note: Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. and Darrel Issa did speak earlier in the day. Unfortunately The Times Advocate was unable to cover those speeches because the Trump campaign denied us press access to the event.
In an e-mail to our publication the Trump campaign said “With the abundance of requests for media credentials, we have to take proactive measures with our credentialing process to ensure the success of each event.” they also said “We must limit the number of credentialed media and give priority to our national and local outlets.”
This is ironic considering that the Escondido Times Advocate and its sister publication The Valley Roadrunner are local outlets in North County.
Don’t forget primary day is on June the 7th. GET OUT AND VOTE! And keep reading the Escondido Times Advocate for the latest on Election 2016.