Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach
L A Times, Mar 25 2017
Violence erupted at a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach on Saturday after a protester opposed to President Trump allegedly doused a female organizer of the event with pepper spray, sparking a brawl that ended with several arrests. A group of flag-waving Trump supporters tackled the man with the pepper spray, who was wearing a black mask, and started punching and kicking him, according to witnesses. Several other fights also broke out between demonstrators. The crowd chased the masked man, who jumped over a fence and started running along Pacific Coast Highway, where he was detained by California Highway Patrol officers. A handful of counter-protesters fled the scene. Travis Guenther, whose wife was also pepper-sprayed, said he was among those who chased the masked man and hit him with a flag that said, “Trump, Make America Great Again.” Geunther, who yelled at the man as he was detained by law enforcement officials, said:
I hit him five times with the flag over his head. How is your head? We’re not xenophobic. We’re not racist. We’re just proud Pindosis.
Jennifer Sterling of Huntington Beach, the organizer who was hit with pepper spray, seemed unfazed by the incident, which involved a small number of protesters. She said:
It was a quick reaction. There was about 12 of them.
Sterling said the rally was not simply for Trump but also a patriotic rally, celebrating first responders, military veterans, the vice president and the president. The noontime rally and march at Bolsa Chica State Beach was one of about 40 affiliated events scheduled nationwide. The dozen or so counter-demonstrators, including one who wore a patch that said, “Only You Can Resist Racists Liars,” were overwhelmed by several hundred Trump supporters. They all refused to identify themselves, but one told a reporter that the group only used pepper spray after they were shoved and punched by their rivals. But Steele Vaz, 17, of Huntington Beach said he saw masked people spray and punch Sterling and got in the middle to try and break it up. Steele, who was there with his family, said:
I was here to support the president, but I didn’t know it was going to be violent. They sprayed her. They were punching her.
His mother Arlet Vaz said she was proud of her son’ actions. She said:
He did the right thing. He’ll defend anybody. This won’t stop the family from attending more pro-Trump rallies. There is even more reason to go.
Cap Kevin Pearsall of California State Parks said six people were originally detained but only four were arrested. He said three men were arrested on suspicion of illegal use of a Taser, and one woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery. None of their names were immediately released. Pearsall said all of those arrested were counter-demonstrators. A separate pro-Trump rally was held Saturday in Hollywood without incident. About 100 people attended the more festive affair, which included music and dancing. They blamed the media and an evil “globalist” agenda pushed by liberal elites for casting them as bigots. Elsa Aldeguer, a Latina who said she was head of the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles, had her 9-year-old son speak to the crowd. The child railed against the mainstream media. The boy said to an eruption of cheers:
The media only says bad things about Trump. They don’t say the good things about Trump.
Others said they were proud of their peaceful event and pointed to the group’s diversity as proof that they are not racists. Daniel, a Cal State Northridge student from Arcadia who declined to give his last name, said:
We’re not here to fight. We’re here to stand up for our beliefs.
Trump Rally Turns Violent After Provocations From ‘Counter-Protesters’
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Mar 26 2017
Roughly two thousand Trump supporters showed up in Huntington Beach, California yesterday to show their continued support for Pres Trump in the wake of what was unarguably a really bad week for his nascent administration. Of course, it didn’t take long for the opposition snowflakes to show up to provoke fights in hopes to progress the narrative that Trump supporters are just a bunch of hateful racists. One of the scuffles was caught on film (above). As Reuters points out, the fights broke out after just a dozen or so ‘counter-protesters’ attempted to block the Trump rally’s progression. In all, at least 4 snowflakes were arrested for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery. But the Trump supporters are the ‘violent’ ones, right?
Multiple fights broke out and at least one Trump supporter was doused with pepper spray when pro-Trump demonstrators marching along Bolsa Chica State Beach encountered a small group opposed to the Republican president who had gathered to denounce the rally. Four counter-protesters were arrested, three for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery. The fights appeared to start in the early afternoon when around a dozen anti-Trump protesters dressed in all black refused to move from a bike path to allow a larger group of pro-Trump supporters taking part in the Make America Great Again rally to pass. The confrontation escalated into a fight with more skirmishes quickly breaking out. At least one person was pepper-sprayed by an anti-Trump protester. Park police estimated that 2,000 Trump supporters flocked to the stretch of coastline located south of the ocean-side community of Huntington Beach. Around 20 counter-protesters attended, spox for the California State Parks Police said on Saturday evening.
Of course, absent the provoked drama, the rally was intended to be a peaceful march along the California beach.
Meanwhile, supporters got a shout out tweet from Pres Trump for their efforts.