Protestors block traffic outside Donald Trump rally in Arizona

Posted at 1:35 PM, Mar 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-19 15:15:10-04

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. — Dozens of anti-Trump protestors have blocked a major road into a Donald Trump rally.

Demonstrators are marching through a crowd that gathered at the edge of a park in a Phoenix suburb as a Donald Trump campaign rally gets set to begin.

The protesters, who earlier Saturday had blocked the main highway leading to the event, were outside the perimeter set up by the Secret Service around the main rally site but still surrounded by thousands of Trump backers.

Trump’s motorcade arrived just as the demonstrators weaved through the crowd. He’s set to speak alongside Arizona’s contentious Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The demonstrators were barely visible behind the Trump supporters, who waved signs saying “Hillary for Prison” — referring to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — and “Joe for VP,” referring to Arpaio.

CNN is reporting the County Deputy expects the blockade to dissolve in 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, Trump supporters are voicing their beliefs that the protestors are actually helping Trump on social media.

And anti-Trump protestors from around the country are voicing their support.

Several hundred demonstrators have gathered in New York City to protest Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

The peaceful crowd gathered Saturday in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle amid a heavy police presence.

The protesters waved signs and played drums. They planned on marching toward Trump Tower, the Fifth Avenue skyscraper where Trump lives.

Twenty-seven-year-old Laura Merrill says she attended because she thinks Trump is spreading a message of “fascism and racism.” She supports Democrat Bernie Sanders for president.

The protest was organized by various groups including immigrants’-rights activists and socialists.

One sign read “Love Trumps Hate.” Another read, “Will trade 1 Donald Trump for 25,000 refugees.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.