First responders warn Trump supporters to hydrate and plan to wait

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-18 15:53:47-04

We saw it here. 

Protestors in Fountain Hills jumping on cars back in March, even blocking Shea Boulevard. More recently in Albuquerque, they lit fires and broke doors. In San Jose, rally attendees were attacked on the street. Trump supporter and Riders USA President Kirtis Baxter is going to the Phoenix rally on Saturday for one reason. 

"To make sure what happened in San Jose and what happened in Albuquerque is not going to happen here," Baxter said. 

Baxter and more than 100 other bikers plan to walk supporters to and from the rally at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Though the majority of protestors are expected to stage away from the coliseum, he wants to ensure attendees aren't confronted by any who may get a ticket to attend.

"If an elderly woman needs to be walked to her car, (we want to make sure) she gets in and out safely," he said.

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Baxter said they're not encouraging their members to come armed. However, Arizona Department of Public Safety Capt. Damon Cecil said the fairgrounds is public property, meaning attendees have the right to carry, although no weapons will be allowed inside the building.

"If they have a concealed weapon, they need to carry it responsibly and carry it within the law and if they violate the law or cross those boundaries, we will take enforcement action," Capt. Cecil said.

The rally begins at 4:00 p.m., however the doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are advised to bring plenty of water in a disposable container, and plan to wait in line. Also, large bags, fanny packs, or signs with sticks will not be permitted. People are also advised to wear shoes with thick soles because of the hot asphalt.

The forecast high for Saturday is 111 degrees. 

DPS, which will be handling security for the event, has set up a website with more information in advance of the rally.

There are only two entrances to the venue: from Monte Vista and 19th Avenue and from Encanto, east of 19th Avenue.

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Trump will hold a $2,700-per-person fundraiser in the Valley ahead of his rally at the coliseum. There, photo opportunities are $10,000 each.