On Saturday, March 19, a coalition of Valley residents staged a nonviolent protest of Donald Trump’s latest presidential rally in Fountain Hills. This included a blockade that shut down portions of Shea Boulevard for approximately two hours, which backed up traffic for several miles along the street and State Route 87.
The blockade also attracted a raucous crowd of protesters, Trump supporters, and even curious residents. Protesters parked vehicles blocking all lanes along Shea Boulevard leading to the rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills.
Within minutes, angry residents and Trump supporters confronted protesters, repeatedly shouting at them to “get off the road” and to “go home.” One supporter yelled at protesters, “you are the racists, you are the problem.” Local police and deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office eventually arrived on scene.
One Trump supporter who did not want to identify herself stated that she felt the blockade denied her her rights and inconvenienced residents.
“It’s prevented me my right to be able to have my opinion,” she said. “It’s prevented everybody who’s trying to pass, whether they’re for Trump or against Trump from having an opinion because [the protesters] want to be able to force it down people’s throats.”