Trump supporters rallied at the Huntington Beach, California today. They were rallying in solidarity, minding their own business when Antifa members showed up.
Antifa, a group that is supposed to stand for “anti-fascism” showed up in all black garb and face masks (like the old Nazi brown shirts) and began antagonizing Trump supporters. Well, the Trump supporters defended themselves as they should and the rest is history. #MAGA
The OC Register reports:
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Fights broke out and police moved in at a “Make America Great Again” march in support of Pres. Trump that drew about 1,000 people to Bolsa Chica State Beach, including protesters.
The clashes were immediately documented on social media, but details about how the fights started and any arrests were sketchy.
The confrontations began as the crowd of red-hat wearing MAGA marchers passed an area where about 40 protesters were standing and chanting. In no time, people were shoving, pushing others to the gorund and throwing punches.
“People started punching and tackling our side and one of them (the protesters) pepper sprayed in defense,” said Jordan Hoiberg from Newport Beach, a member of Socialist Party USA, one of the protest organizers. “I tried to break everyone up but I had to run away to protect myself.
“We were expecting it to be more peaceful. We were not about to start something when we are 10 people and they are a thousand,” he said. “That would be suicidal.”
Earlier, the organizers of the MAGA march said they were hoping for peace, as well.
“I’m not just here in support of Trump, but our vets, military, police officers and emergency responders,” said Darlene Savord of Tustin, one of the organizers, adding, “I don’t blame Trump for the failure of the health care bill.”
The march was billed as a kid-friendly family-oriented event and at one point was a sea of waving American flags.But it takes place in a climate where stark divisions in the public have led to a number of high-profile confrontations when supporters and detractors of the president collide.
March organizer Jennifer Sterling said many participants were women, children and elderly. “I really hope these people are safe,” she said.
Their plan: Rally near Warner Avenue and PCH, then walk along a roughly two-mile stretch of the bike path.
Organizers of a counter rally said they would create a “human wall” to prevent that.
“We aren’t going to start fights, but we are going to try to stop them from completing their march,” said Byron Lopez, a counter rally organizer who expected 100 to 200 supporters from an array of groups.
The Trump-resistant Indivisible OC 48, meanwhile, released a statement saying they would not join any counter protest to the MAGA march at Bolsa Chica.
“Indivisible OC 48 believes that the most effective way to combat an agenda built on discrimination and divisiveness is to focus on our own positive and peaceful political actions, and not to engage in confrontations with other citizens exercising their rights to free speech,” the group said.
The Indivisibles have been calling on Republican Congress members nationwide to hold town hall meetings so they can express concerns with Trump’s policies and appointments.
The local “Make America Great Again” march coincides with a nationwide effort.
Here’s how the marches are shaping up around the country: (our story continues on the other side.)