@realdonaldtrump hits the Bay Area

IMG_1699Any questions about which Donald Trump would show up to the California Republican Party Convention in Burlingame on Friday were dispelled immediately. 

Would it be the same insult-slinging, filterless personality Americans have grown accustomed to seeing on T.V., who protesters waited for hours just to throw eggs at and block his limo from entering the hotel complex thereby forcing him to enter through a back way?

Or would the business tycoon and GOP presidential frontrunner be more subdued to look more presidential — as media reports have recently suggested — while speaking to a politically experienced and partisan audience?

Wastes no time

His introductory video took shots at right-leaning media personalities, like Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Washington Post columnist George Will and Republican strategist and talking head Karl Rove, who have at times doubted, challenged or decried a Trump candidacy. The video ended with a freeze frame of his hand (which has surprisingly been a storyline during the campaign) looming large above a crowd. 

The beginning of his speech chronicled his efforts to get inside, which was “not the easiest entrance” he’d ever made, having to go “under a fence and through a fence.” (A later account added mud and dirt.)

Here's the hole in the fence Trump used to evade protestors adjacent to the 101.

Here’s the hole in the fence Trump used to evade protestors adjacent to the 101.

“Oh boy, I felt like I was crossing the border,” Trump said. 

And with that, he launched into an extemporaneous, 20 or so minute speech that was short on policy — he mentioned building a wall across the U.S./Mexico border (“We want people to come in our country, but they have to come in legally,” Trump said) and bashed multiple trade deals — but was long on bravado and digs at other candidates.

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Trump spoke largely about how he’s “winning” the race for the nomination, how he’ll soon “win” the nomination and how he’ll make America “win.”

“America doesn’t win anymore,” Trump said, noting that as of today his campaign has 1,001 delegates locked down of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.

“I’m killing it, everybody,” Trump said. 

Trump spoke of a need for party unification. He spoke highly of the “incredible” Ben Carson, a former candidate who has since endorsed Trump.

Trump often complimented CAGOP Chairman Jim Brulte, who “did such a great job.”

He bragged about how he would compete and campaign in states that he said other Republican candidates write off, like New York (his home state) and Michigan. 

“No Republican would campaign in Michigan,” Trump said, overlooking the 2012 GOP nominee, Mitt Romney — the son of a former Republican governor of the Michigan — who vowed last cycle to campaign in the Great Lake State until the end.  

He spoke favorably of another former candidate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who this week was announced as Sen. Ted Cruz’s running mate (assuming he gets the nomination). 

“I like Carly,” Trump said, before adding that Carly brings no delegates with her to the Texan’s ticket (she technically won one delegate in Iowa).

On Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the other two remaining GOP candidates, Trump said they were acting like “spoiled children” for continuing to stay in the race. Cruz has only 565 delegates and Kasich has only 153

Trump also doubled down on his favorite critique of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, also a former candidate.

“Low energy,” Trump said. “Very low energy.”

Trump referred to Kasich eating as “disgusting.” Kasich eating at campaign stops has been another surprising side theme of the primary.  

“Did you ever see him do a news conference without eating,” Trump asked.

Trump decried the trend of candidates savaging each other in the primary, only to ultimately fall in line and support the other when one drops.

“Ted Cruz, he’s a wonderful guy,” Trump said. “But I don’t want his endorsement.”

Highlights of Twitter’s coverage of Trump’s entrance and the protests

https://twitter.com/hunterschwarz/status/726140981658193921 https://twitter.com/ccadelago/status/726136663554957312 https://twitter.com/ccadelago/status/726149867010056192 https://twitter.com/LATSeema/status/726122131860262912 https://twitter.com/LATSeema/status/726122723806601217 https://twitter.com/LATSeema/status/726128380215590913 https://twitter.com/eastbaycitizen/status/726096358612963328

 

 

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  1. Dude
    Dude 29 April, 2016, 15:59

    DoorMat Phlegm is jealous of The Donald.

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  2. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 29 April, 2016, 16:27

    These miserble anti-trump puke faces all need top just pack up and leave america and never ever return Worthless little scumballs

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  3. Standing Fast
    Standing Fast 29 April, 2016, 16:49

    Trump anywhere is bad enough. Trump in California is enough to make me lose my appetite. How can anyone take him seriously as a candidate for President? The thing that gets me is his followers are such True Believers and because of them I have to take him seriously. Fellow Americans, it is time for another Reality Check.

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  4. Dude
    Dude 29 April, 2016, 16:56

    You say that, but are silently when it comes to the manshe known as Hitlery? This leaves you with no credibility.

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  5. Standing Fast
    Standing Fast 29 April, 2016, 17:05

    Well now, the way it looks to me is this: Trump is a long-time friend of Bill & Hillary, a regular donor to their causes. All three are big-time Progressives even if they are irregular as socialists and democrats. Trump only recently decided to be a Republican. None of them are acceptable to me for the job of President of the U.S. I have a friend who likes to say, when things look bad, “We’re all doomed, and the alternative is worse.”

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  6. Queeg
    Queeg 29 April, 2016, 21:39

    Comrade Fasty

    Going negative is a boring doomer trait.

    Oh ….forget that……you are doomed!

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  7. Your Mentor--T. Tedly Steele
    Your Mentor--T. Tedly Steele 30 April, 2016, 11:21

    That ANYone would vote for Trump for ANYthing speaks libraries about the abject stupidity of the nascar-Limbaugh-Fox loser crowd or racist doomera. The clown just is not bright. Usually we have folks running that have wisdom, class, something—– Trump CLEARLY does not measure up in any way— not close. I am not a huge Clinton fan but in this case I am more trhan happy to vote for her, write checks, get others to as well!

    Trolls— respond now, you know you want to….

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 April, 2016, 19:31

    Got your back Teddy

    Trolls come from the back-

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  9. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 1 May, 2016, 09:34

    Mobs of uncivilzed brutes and savages we need to send them back to where they came from their too violent for afica or some island might it suggest a planet very far away

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  10. T Ted CWD Hero
    T Ted CWD Hero 3 May, 2016, 10:25

    During the American revolution ™ Clowns like Spurling and the Poodle Troll would have been loyal to the King like most of the tea baggy Doomera….

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  11. Dude
    Dude 3 May, 2016, 10:38

    Your attempted link of the Tea Party to King George is nonsensical. The democratic party and King Obama are mirroring the behavior of King George, including their zealous quest to eliminate citizen gun ownership. Consider yourself schooled in basic American history.

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  12. Standing Fast
    Standing Fast 3 May, 2016, 12:22

    Facing Reality, however unpleasant, beats living in a Fool’s Paradise.

    The protestors at Trump’s rally’s & so forth are not hurting his campaign. They make him look like a martyr to a cause. People who would otherwise not support him are now supporting him because they don’t like the protestors’ message or behavior. The media makes it worse because they frame their coverage from an either Trump or the Protestors point of view.

    Well, I think both Trump and his protestors are bad news. I don’t like any of them. My message to anyone who wants to keep Trump from getting enough delegates for an uncontested GOP nomination: Vote for Cruz. If you are not a Republican, change your registration now so you can vote for Cruz. Get your friends to do the same and tell them to spread the word.

    Then, if Trump still gets the nomination, vote for the Libertarian candidate. That way, your conscience will be clear. I will not reward a Republican Party that goes for a man I think is the spitting image of Mr. Schicklegruber, a.k.a. Adolf Hitler.

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  13. T is for TED!
    T is for TED! 3 May, 2016, 19:01

    Doooder– You of course cite NOTHING to back up your position……of course you tea baggers would’ve backed the King—- the only revolutionaries now a days are no where near you politically little buddy—- lol—- I knew my post would bring some t baggers out of the woodwork—- hey…..by the way….were you one of those baggers who wore period costumes to the rallies? Did you dress up like ol Ben Franklin?

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  14. Dude
    Dude 3 May, 2016, 19:28

    Hoping for an intelligent reply. I should’ve known better.

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  15. TTTTT Tedly Teddy Tea Bag Slayer
    TTTTT Tedly Teddy Tea Bag Slayer 3 May, 2016, 21:16

    LOL Doooooder— Hot in the kitchen here? Can’t keep up?

    LMAO—- so….again….you cite to what re King George and the Tea Baggers? I gave you plenty o Google time little buddy.

    Want to try another question? Responding to your baseless charge that the President is trying to “eliminate citizen gun ownership”? You cite to what 5 things to prop up your “argument”? LMAO you trolls make this soooo easy! ™

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