Donald Trump's rally in San Jose, California, Thursday night [June 2nd] was marred by violence by anti-Trump supporters, who targeted the event's attendees and police. The San Jose Police Department said it "made a few arrests" following the rally, and an officer was assaulted. A spokesperson said Thursday night, "As of this time, we do not have specific information on the arrests made. There has been no significant property damage reported."Trump's foes surrounded the San Jose Convention Center, where scuffles broke out between them and Trump supporters. Some of the altercations were physical, resulting in bloody injuries….Violence Breaks Out at Trump Rally in San Jose, Protesters Hurl Eggs, Throw Punches, Intimidate Supporters John Santucci, Candace Smith and David Caplan, ABC News, June 3, 2016The article includes photographs, including one of some girls burning a Trump hat, one has a Che Guevara t-shirt on, another bears a sign declaring “We Need Socialism”.
Some anti-Trump protesters also surrounded the car of a presumed Trump supporter as the vehicle was leaving the convention center's garage. Protesters were shaking the car, and smashed its taillight. Protesters also surrounded police cars, also banging those vehiclesAttendees of the rally heading back to their cars were egged, followed and intimidated by some of the anti-Trump protesters. At one point, a large group of protesters surrounded a Trump supporter, throwing bottles and spitting at him as he walked back to his vehicle.Tom Llamas had a number of tweets from the scene:
Protestors made up mostly of young ppl. Some throwing up gang signs. There were ppl who came to demonstrate & some who just wanted to brawl— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) June 3, 2016
Outside Trump rally protestors chased down this kid and tackled him. When he got up we pointed him to police. pic.twitter.com/83O2oNzcMx— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) June 3, 2016
Only a "few arrests" and we witnessed at least a dozen people get assaulted. https://t.co/0FbdZjWTrI— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) June 3, 2016
A responder to that tweet named Kim justified it with
I called 911 but no one answered. Donald trump protest in San Jose, CA pic.twitter.com/LwaWyeYZfq— Marcus DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) June 3, 2016
The mayor of San Jose blamed Trump. That was even noticed at the Weekly Standard:
hey look. Trump creates violent atmosphere and people react. Words matter folks. 100% Trumps fault.— Kim (@KimAvosim) June 3, 2016
The mayor of San Jose, Democrat Sam Liccardo [Email him ]reacted angrily to the events. Not that he was particularly upset at the violent mob that attacked innocent Americans, of course. No, his ire was directed at Mr. Trump. "At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign," the mayor said. Apparently it was downright "irresponsible" of Trump to even set foot in California's third largest city.San Jose Mayor Justifies Mob ViolenceEthan Epstein, Weekly standard, June 3, 2016Oh, and there’s this detail from CNN: “Protesters waved Mexican flags and one could be seen burning an American flag…”These sorts of things need to be clearly shown to American voters. It shows what’s at stake here.