Fascism is indeed alive and well in America, but not within the circle of Trump supporters that Democrat activists would lead you to believe, as during a March4Trump rally in Berkley anti-Trump protesters attacked, beat and pepper sprayed innocent bystanders.
As part of the March4Trump Saturday event, supporters of the president gathered across the country for a counter-movement to the various protests, riots and disruptions organized by anti-Trump activists. Pro-Trump rallies took place in Texas, Arizona, Washington D.C. and even Berkley, where last month protesters against free speech shut down a conservative event hosted by Milo Yiannopoulos along with causing around $100,000 in damages to the local community.
Although most events took place peacefully and without issue, Berkley has long been a bastion of intolerance for conservative viewpoints, and it was in this city where anti-Trump agitators took the streets to seek out violent confrontation.
Anarchists from the anti-free-speech group ANTIFA showed up in masks and dressed in black in attempt to intimidate March4Trump attendees, who simply wanted to display their support for the president of the United States. ANTIFA, who officially claims they are “anti-fascists”, have previously been branded as “anti-free-speech” group, often shutting down groups who oppose whichever agenda they are advocating at the moment. ANTIFA has long been active in Europe and was sent to rough up citizens of a German town who refused to accept busloads of unvetted migrants.
The fighting started around mid-afternoon as anti-Trump protesters and rally goers met, and it wasn’t long before punches were thrown and pepper pray was being discharged.
Protesters have spilled out into Martin Luther King Junior Way and are fighting in the middle of the street, and there are people punching each other on the sidewalks. Pro-Trump marchers are on the move, leaving Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. and moving up Allston Way, passing Shattuck Avenue. Some people have bloody faces and are shouting at each other.
There were punches thrown during the first melee, about 2 p.m., between a few dozen people. It wasn’t clear who threw the first punch and police, who were on hand in riot gear, didn’t intervene.
During the brawls, ANTIFA attacked and beat a participant wearing a red “Trump is my president” shirt, which left his face bloodied and eye swollen.
An elderly man ended up on the ground in pain from being pepper sprayed by the anti-Trump protesters, as bystanders gave him water to help wash out his eyes. The man was still gripping his iconic red “Make America Great Again Hat” even as he suffered.
— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) March 4, 2017
The LA Times reports that 10 people were arrested at the rally, including the man with the wooden pole and shield fighting back the violent ANTIFA thugs.
Berkeley Police Officer Byron White said 10 arrests were made: one for resisting arrest, four for assault with a deadly weapon, including a dagger, and five for battery. About seven medical evaluations were made on the scene. None of the injured wanted to be taken to the hospital.
Chakko said among the other items police confiscated at the rally were metal pipes, bats and two-by-fours.
“A group of people carrying bricks were detained and the bricks were confiscated,” he said.
City and Berkeley Police Department officials said they had prepared for the rally and other groups besides Trump supporters and protesters were also there.
Fighting is spreading to the streets in Berkeley. This isn’t a Trump rally anymore. It’s the anarchists. pic.twitter.com/cFIu7akCSX
— Lizzie Johnson (@lizziejohnsonnn) March 4, 2017
Although Berkeley police were out in force, it appears they did little to stop the violence against Trump supporters. Officers did arrest one man, whose picture has since become a social media icon, as he was dressed in a helmet, shin guards, breathing mask and armed with a poll and shield.
The man also had the Texas state flag on his jacket as he fought back against the ANTIFA crowd after they started punching and pepper spraying the Trump supporters. In the video below you can see him actually break his wooden pole off of a thug’s head.
Identifying who are the ANTIFA thugs and who are the Trump supporters is typically very easy at these events, as the protesters dress in all black with masks while the Trump supporters sport American flags and patriotic attire.
City Councilman Ben Batlett told SFGate that he was disappointed by he violence and said, “We’re better than this”. Apparently not, Councilman, as each and every time Trump supporters gather in highly liberal areas they are either attacked, harassed or shut down completely.
Ironically this violence towards Trump supporters comes only a day after former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for blood and death in the streets during a bizarre video presentation she released. It appears her message was heard loud and clear by ANTIFA and other leftists Trump opposition groups.
California may pride itself on claiming to be an open minded and tolerant state, especially for illegal immigrants, yet if you plan on displaying your support for America’s president in Berkeley, be prepared for a violent assault and attempts to shut you down down with an outpouring of “tolerance” by your friendly local ANTIFA chapter.