Protesters outside a Trump rally in San Jose Thursday evening got out of control shortly after a rally for Trump supporters let out around 8 p.m. As the Washington Post and multiple news sources report, Trump fans wearing Trump gear were quickly descended upon, pelted with eggs and water balloons, and otherwise harassed.
According to KRON 4, about 300 people gathered outside the rally, and some banged on the cars of Trump supporters and even broke car windows. After 90 minutes, police reportedly moved into the thinning crowd of protesters and made at least four arrests.
Meanwhile Politico newshound Ben Schreckinger tells the Washington Times that he was ejected from the event by Trump staffers "“for practicing journalism without the campaign’s permission." Similarly, Politico's Carla Marinucci was told not to "disrupt the rally."
2/2 @realDonaldTrump staffer then orders me not to talk to people or interview them in general area where we sit. 1st Amendment suspended?— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) June 3, 2016
And while Fox News of course paints this as Trump supporters being victimized at the hands of evil liberals, highlighting the video below of the blonde woman getting egged, Salon argues that Trump is a "political arsonist" who has courted this kind behavior and stoked the flames of partisan ire for his entire campaign. And, they write, "the sense of white victimhood and paranoia has been a feature of movement conservatism (and the broader American right-wing) since at least the 1950s."
As NBC News reports, "Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta condemned the violence, saying that 'violence against supporters of any candidate has no place in this election.'"
Watch: The moment a Trump supporter, surrounded by protesters, is egged in the face, hit by other food. pic.twitter.com/qYFdwJWvrS— Jacob Rascon (@Jacobnbc) June 3, 2016
And here's a video of protesters taking a Trump supporter's "Make America Great Again" hate and setting it on fire.
Protesters set a Make America Great Again hat on fire pic.twitter.com/8Bss1GBfTH— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) June 3, 2016
Regardless, it's hardly a banner day for PR for the left, with protesters coming off as violent buffoons, and videos like this one below showing a Trump supporter calmly trying to walk through the protest as one hits him with an object and draws blood. The Atlantic calls all of the San Jose violence an "attack on democracy," however they also point out that Trump supporters have been prone to violence themselves. Trump actually encouraged people to "rough up" one vocal dissenter, and he commented to a journalist that his people were considering paying the legal fees of one supporter who sucker-punched a protester in the face.