Friday, June 3, 2016

The modern incarnation of the Nazi Brownshirts at the Trump event. Will Hillary or Bernie condemn the violence?

Protesters Punch, Throw Eggs at Trump Supporters in Calif.

Several supporters of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee were seen chased and taunted by protesters

Donald Trump supporters leaving the presumptive GOP nominee's rally in San Jose on Thursday were pounced by protesters, some of whom threw punches and eggs.
The protesters chased and taunted Trump's supporters outside the San Jose Convention Center. They surrounded one woman and threw eggs and bottles at her.
"It was unbelievable," said Steve Tong, a Cupertino resident who attended the Trump rally.
Tong said after the rally, he was walking toward a nearby parking structure and saw protesters surrounding and taunting an elderly couple.
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"I've never seen anything like that in America before," Tong said.
Tong also said he saw protesters smash car windows inside the parking structure.The San Jose Police Department said there were a few arrests made, but it did not provide specific numbers or information on those arrests. There was no significant property damage reported. One officer was assaulted, police said.
"Our police officers have done an extremely courageous and professional job so far," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo told The Associated Press by phone. "We're all still holding our breath to see the outcome of this dangerous and explosive situation."
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The mayor, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, criticized Trump for coming to cities and igniting problems that local police departments had to deal with.
"At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign," Liccardo said.
Such protests are unlikely to be repeated on Friday when Trump holds a rally at the airport in the much smaller and more conservative city of Redding about 150 miles north of Sacramento.
Adam Rivas, a 22-year-old community college student who was born and raised in San Jose, was holding a spray-painted sign that read "Dump Trump" on Thursday. 
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Rivas said he was particularly disturbed by Trump's remarks about Mexicans.
"For any one Mexican here he bashes, there are about 20 Mexicans out there who are hardworking and just doing their job,'' he said.

It's not only supporters attending the inside of the rally. Mike Kennedy, who works in development and lives in nearby Los Gatos said as he walked in that he "came to see the spectacle, and see Trump's minions.''
Trump's appearance in Sacramento Wednesday night drew a very small group of protesters that was dwarfed by thousands of supporters. But California campaign rallies last week saw some clashes between protesters, supporters and police that led to several arrests.
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During the rally at South Hall, an annex of the San Jose Convention Center, Trump addressed about 5,000 supporters in attendance.
Trump discussed Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. He called Clinton "pathetic" and accused Sanders of "rigging the system.
The Republican presidential candidate also continued his stance on toughening immigration laws.
"We're going to bring people into this county, but we're going to bring them in legally," Trump said.
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Thursday was Trump's latest Bay Area stop to woo voters with his trademark "Make America Great Again" rally.
Thursday's rally is slightly over a month since Trump was forced to skirt a highway wall on U.S. 101 and hop down onto a grassy embankment to avoid an angry mob who was protesting his appearance at the California GOP convention in Burlingame.
Due to security concerns, a handful of roads surrounding the convention center have been closed down, which already created a midday backup in downtown San Jose.
His appearance, like the last time around on April 29, prompted a heavy police presence, and sources say the San Jose Police Department asked officers to volunteer to work overtime for Thursday's rally.
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According to his calendar, Trump has no scheduled stops in Oakland, a city he declared to a New York Times Magazine reporter was among the “most dangerous” in the world.
In fact, Trump's speech was held at the same time as Game 1 of the NBA Finals where the Golden State Warriors played the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arenain Oakland.
Trump joked at the rally that he wanted to attend the game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Police Officer Assaulted, Punches Thrown After San Jose Trump Rally

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A few hundred protesters fought with supporters of Donald Trump after the presidential candidate’s rally in San Jose Thursday night.
Over a dozen fights broke out in the crowd.
Punches were thrown, violence erupted. Even police had to retreat.
The San Jose Police Department made a number of arrests after the Trump Rally and said an officer was assaulted.
Protesters followed Trump supporters to their cars as they left the convention center. Around the corner and away from police protection on San Carlos Street, a mob mentality took over.
A young man wearing a “Build The Wall” T-shirt was assaulted by several young men. Fearing for the man’s safety, KPIX 5 reporter Len Ramirez yelled at him to get away.
For several minutes, there was no police presence and protesters thumped Trump supporters’ cars in the parking garage as they tried to leave.

Outside again, there was another assault, and another. Street fights broke out on Almaden Avenue.
Andrew Acevedo, of Redwood City, said he was assaulted several times while getting stuck inside the anti-Trump protest rally.
As police tried to restore order protesters forced a police pickup to retreat.
Police lines formed again, but the crowds only grew.
Another young man was chased down like prey. He ran until finding some police officers who stopped his attackers.
Some protesters grabbed Trump hats and tried to burn them, while others banged on the cars of supporters trying to leave the rally.
Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly about 30 minutes after the rally ended.
Trump spoke for about 50 minutes to the crowd of thousands at the rally, harping on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and calling her foreign policy speech earlier in the day “pathetic” and “sad to watch.”

On Friday morning, the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted about the protest.

John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, condemned the violence.
Trump is expected to appear in Redding, about 150 miles north of San Francisco, for a rally on Friday.

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