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Tue Sep 24 2019 (Updated 09/25/19)
Secret Trump Fundraiser in Bay Area Exposed and Protested
Trump Uses Secret Service and Local Police to Try to Block Silicon Valley Protesters
For a recent San Francisco Bay Area Trump fundraising luncheon, security was so tight the location was not confirmed by demonstrators until a few hours before the event. Trump security forces purposely put out misleading information to get protestors to go to the wrong place or simply give up. Even Republican donors signed up to attend the luncheon didn't know the location, a home owned by Sun MicroSystems co-founder Scott McNealy and Susan McNealy, until they arrived via shuttle at the venue in the hills of Palo Alto.

Organizers set on mounting a reaction to the president's visit stayed up all night and determined the location. They were able to advise a hard core group of demonstrators and the press that they would take up positions on Alpine Rd. in Portola Valley that fundraiser attendees would be forced to pass. They flew a plastic inflatable angry orange "Baby Trump" above the crowd despite an FAA ban. Protesters, who held large banners, faced a long line of San Mateo County deputies who kept them out of the road. They were joined by a 12 foot high "Chicken Trump" standing balloon.

The last time Trump visited the Bay Area was during his election campaign in 2016. On that occasion, he was forced to sneak through a fence to reach a California GOP Convention in Burlingame where he was scheduled to speak. Demonstrators had pushed through police barricades to rush the Hyatt hotel at which the convention was being held, so Trump's motorcade was unable to drive directly to the hotel. Trump and his entourage were forced to walk from Highway 101 through concrete barriers to reach the convention via a back entrance.

photo Portola Valley Protesters Face Off with Sheriff's Deputies on Alpine Rd | photo Protesters Mount Demonstration Near Secret Site of Trump Fundraiser | photo Trump Misuses Secret Service and Local Police to Try to Block Protesters in Portola Valley

Related Feature: Trump Forced to Sneak Through Fence to Reach California GOP Convention in Burlingame (2016)
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