From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
Another Successful ‘Violent Flag-Burning Thugs to Unwittingly Help Trump’ Rally
It’s happening again. They might as well organize as ‘Violent Leftist Punks for Trump.’
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, spit at, 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.
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.
You can guess how local officials handled it:
The mayor, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, criticized Trump for coming to cities and igniting problems that local police departments had to deal with.
“At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign,” Liccardo said.
John Stanton’s Twitter feed has a lot of images and video, including footage of an anti-Trump protesters burning a small American flag:
What happened, guys, you couldn’t find an ISIS flag to wave?
Protests have moved out onto San Carlos st pic.twitter.com/0JmUTmZP9c
— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) June 3, 2016