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Video: Trump Supporters And Protesters Pepper Spray Each Other In Anaheim
Last night the Anaheim City Council meeting considered a resolution to denounce presidential candidate Donald Trump for his racist, Islamophobic rhetoric. Ultimately, the city council decided to table the resolution but not before Trump supporters and protesters fired pepper spray and Tasers at one another outside City Hall.
Footage from KCAL shows the most violent moments between the two groups. Two little girls, who appear to be at the protest with a Trump supporter, were hit by pepper-spray. You can see them at the 0:42-second mark. Photos from the Orange County Register show that a Trump protester fired his pepper spray, which hit five supporters, including the two girls. At the 1-minute mark, you can see that a Trump supporter pulled out a Taser and fired at a protester. At the 1:10-minute mark, a Trump supporter pulls out her pepper spray and curses out a protester.
(Note: the preview photo of the video is from February's Ku Klux Klan rally)
An ambulance arrived at the scene to treat the young girls hit by the pepper spray. No arrests were made, ultimately, but riot police were called in:
The two groups were clashing over the city's proposal to denounce Trump. Councilmember Kris Murray told ABC 7, "More than 50 percent of our population is Latino in the city of Anaheim. We have a very significant refugee and immigrant population, a very large Muslim population, and these individuals have been hurt by that level of rhetoric and there's just no call for it."
Anaheim is not the only city to consider speaking out against Trump. The mayor of West Hollywood has said Trump isn't welcome in his city, and the mayors of Philadelphia and St. Petersburg, Florida have also spoken out against Trump's inflammatory rhetoric against Latinos, women and Muslims. But the mayor of Anaheim himself said that he preferred to stay out of the fray on federal issues, something that Trump supporters in Anaheim echoed. According to the Times, Treva Wishart told the city council, "Your business is to govern Anaheim. Keep your noses out of the national election."
Raul Rodriguez Jr., of the Trump group America First Latinos, said he opposed the measure because he considers Trump a "humanitarian."
The council considered a resolution that would drop Trump's name altogether, but ultimately they voted 3-2 to not take any action. But the Times says that the strong, vocal anti-Trump contingent that showed up last night proves how much Anaheim, once a solidly conservative bastion behind the Orange Curtain, has shifted.
Murray's proposal, meant to show off the city's core value of "kindness," backfired, the OC Weekly notes. Then again, this year's violent Ku Klux Klan rally didn't do much for the city's image either.
Here are a couple more shots from the scene: