Trump rally in California a scene of chaos, confrontation
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Donald Trump supporters were mobbed and assaulted by protesters on Thursday night after the candidate’s campaign rally in California.
The violence broke out after the event in San Jose wrapped up just before 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET). Some Trump supporters were punched. One woman wearing a “Trump” jersey was cornered, spat on, and pelted with eggs and water bottles.
Police held back at first but eventually moved in. San Jose Police Sgt. Enrique Garcia told NBC News that several protesters were arrested and one officer was assaulted in the melee.
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Lan Hoang said anti-Trump protesters stole his “Make America Great Again” hat off of his head and set it on fire as he was leaving the rally.
The 24-year-old said he saw “a lot” of Trump supporters get attacked on the walk back to his car after the rally.
Protesters also smashed cars in a nearby parking structure and surrounded and taunted an elderly couple, according to Steve Tong.
“It was unbelievable,” he told NBC Bay Area. “I’ve never seen anything like that in America before,”
Adam Rivas, a 22-year-old community college student who was born and raised in San Jose, was among those who turned out ahead of the rally to protest Trump.
Holding a “Dump Trump” sign, he told NBC Bay Area that Trump’s remarks about Mexicans were offensive.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta condemned the violence, saying that “violence against supporters of any candidate has no place in this election.”
“For any one Mexican here he bashes, there are about 20 Mexicans out there who are hard-working and just doing their job,” Rivas said.
It wasn’t the first Trump rally in California to turn violent. About 20 people were arrested after an April speech by Trump in Costa Mesa south of Los Angeles, when members of the crowd damaged five police vehicles.
These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theater” which examines the landscape of the American political system.