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SEE IT: Anti-Donald Trump protesters block Ariz. road, chain themselves to stalled cars to keep candidate away from rally


Make America late again.

Anti-Donald Trump protesters blocked an Arizona highway and created a traffic nightmare in an attempt to keep the GOP frontrunner and his supporters from attending a Saturday rally in Fountain Hills.

The Trump haters parked their cars in the middle of the three-lane road that leads to Fountain Park — where the candidate was scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. EST — and some protesters even chained themselves to their vehicles to slow down cops’ efforts to clear the blockade.

“We don’t want Donald Trump in Arizona. We don’t want his hatred,” the lead protester told an NBC News reporter on the scene.

Trump made an appearance at the Phoenix Convention Center Saturday morning before setting off for the park, about 30 miles northwest of the city. One major road — the one the protesters blocked — leads to the small suburb.



A rally on an Arizona highway protesting Trump backed up traffic Saturday


Arial video showed cars backed up for miles behind the mid-road protest.

Some gridlocked Trump supporters eventually abandoned their cars and began walking to the rally, about three miles away from the standstill.

At least one couple trapped in the traffic nightmare said they were undecided until they got held up by the anti-Trump protesters. Now, they are excited to vote for the much-hated candidate, they told the Los Angeles Times.

The Trump-blocking barrier included two pick-up trucks parked lengthwise across the road and three layers of cars behind them. When police arrived to start towing the idle vehicles, some activists strapped themselves to their cars with cables and chains.

“I want to stop Trump,” one demonstrator who chained her car said. “He doesn’t have a place in this state. He doesn’t have a place in the U.S.”

Cops somehow freed the woman, despite her claim that she didn’t have a key to the locks. Two officers picked her up and carried her off of the road.

The vocal group beat drums and chanted as police struggled to clear the roadway.

“What do we want? Dead Trump!” the rioters screamed at one point.



At least one woman cable-tied herself to her car during the protest.


“Get this clown out of our town,” they later sang.

By 1:30 p.m., the road was still blocked. It’s not clear how the roadblock will affect the Trump’s schedule.

The disruption occurred well after large crowds started lining up to get into the Fountain Hills rally. Arizona’s revered Sheriff Joe Arpaio is expected to take the stage with the bombastic billionaire.


The roadblock was an attempt to stop Trump from attending his rally


The tough-talking lawman won six straight elections as sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and nearly two-thirds of Arizona’s population. He forced jail inmates to wear pink underwear and live outside in tents during triple-digit heat. He launched dragnets to round up people in the country illegally, and a judge ruled that his operations illegally targeted Latinos. Arpaio then launched an investigation that critics contend ended up targeting the judge.

Trump and Arpaio have formed a political alliance in recent months, and the businessman-turned-politician hopes Arizona can serve as a model on how he could win in November.

Arizona votes Tuesday in a winner-take-all Republican primary as well as a Democratic race.




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