Protesters clashed with Trump supporters during a “heated confrontation” outside of a Donald Trump rally in Anaheim, California, Tuesday. The confrontation escalated to violence when an anti-Trump protester fired pepper spray into the crowd, hitting five people, including two two little girls, according to reports.
Via CBS SF Bay Area:
Backers waving U.S. flags and pro-Trump signs were met by opponents and a shouting match began before a City Council meeting where an anti-Trump resolution had been proposed that the council eventually chose to take no action on.
At one point, an opponent unleashed a hand-held pepper-spray device on the pro-Trump crowd.
Five people, including two girls ages 8 and 11, were exposed to the eye-stinging spray, police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said. Three were treated at the scene by paramedics.
The man fled, but police were looking for him, Wyatt said.
One woman wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat comforted the girls, whose faces were streaked with tears. The girls complained that their eyes and mouths hurt.
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“I just think they’re so out of control,” Linda Reedy, a Trump supporter, told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m so sick of the anger in this country.”
It’s hard to imagine what would compel a grown man to pepper-spray children, but it wouldn’t be the first time an anti-Trump protester attacked a child at a Trump event. During a Trump rally in Portland earlier this month, an anti-Trump protester spat on a 12-year-old boy.