Pro-Trump Rally in Huntington Beach Turns Violent
A pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach Saturday morning erupted in violence, according to the LA Times. A man protesting the rally pepper sprayed a female organizer of the rally, after which other pro-Trump supporters tackled and punched him. Video of the fight shows the counter-protestor getting assaulted and running from pro-Trump supporters. Members of the rally followed him and other counter protestors with chants of "USA," "America First," and cries for them to "get out." The counter protestor eventually fled and ran along Pacific Coast Highway before getting detained by California Highway Patrol officers. The other counter-protestors fled the scene.
The rally occurred at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach as one of several nation-wide "Make America Great Again" rallies. The counter-protestors arrived to build a "human wall" to prevent the rally from completing its march, according to the OC Register. While the march was under Donald Trump's slogan, rally organizers aimed to focus more on supporting law enforcement, first responders, and veterans, according to the LA Times. The march, including protestors, drew around 1,000 people.
Authorities could not be reached for comments on possible arrests.