Protesters in Arizona blocked a major road leading to a Donald J. Trump rally on Saturday outside Phoenix, while anti-Trump demonstrators in New York clashed with the police on a march toward Trump Tower, APA reports quoting The New York Times.
Although the protesters marched to the skyscraper where Trump lives, the real estate mogul wasn't there. "I'm seeing people who I previously thought of as leaders of our community supporting Trump". At first he dismissed them, and then he kicked them out.
At least two protesters were arrested as they were crossing Sixth Avenue back to Columbus Circle.
Traffic was blocked off for miles and, according to Arpaio, three people were arrested in connection to the disruption.
A protester of the Navajo Nation named Summer, who chose not to provide her last name, attended the rally with a sign reading, "Natives Against Trump".
"Trump is very misogynistic, racist, sexist and a fascist", said Jeanne Mayeux, a 52-year-old Fountain Hills resident who carried a sign that said, "Stand against racism".
Police, who were right behind the protesters, immediately arrest the man who provides no resistance.
The New York billionaire looked across the crowd and said one troublemaker was wearing "a Ku Klux Klan outfit".
"We're in a climate right now that emboldens people to commit hateful acts and what happened in Chicago is they said 'no'", said Sofia Arias of the International Socialist Organization.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Manhattan on Saturday to rally against the potential candidacy of businessman Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.
Though New Yorkers won't cast their primary votes until April 19, more than 5,000 people RSVP'd to a Facebook invitation for Saturday's New York protest, which stated that "Trump's policies threaten many of us in the Black, Latino, LGBTQIA+, Muslim, and other communities". Trump said Arpaio instructed authorities to break up the highway protests in Phoenix.
When the rally began, the Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio - who like Mr. Trump has a hard-line stance on immigration, many fans and many critics - introduced the candidate and spoke briefly about the demonstrators. Some said police used pepper spray on them as they marched from the park.
"We're not going to let demonstrators intimidate this forum and this sheriff".
Standing in front of the tall, steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday vowed to keep immigrant families together during a visit to Arizona, which holds its primary next week.
At both rallies, Arpaio and Brewer praised Trump's call for the border wall.
"I have gone all the way down Shea, down the 101, the 202, up to the Beeline, down the Beeline and I still can't get in", said Marla Silverstein.