Trump Supporters and Anti-Trump Agitators Clash at #March4Trump Rallies Across America
Thousands of President Trump's supporters rallied in dozens of cities around the country Saturday in "March 4 Trump" demonstrations to show their support for the embattled president.
The rallies were intended to provide a platform for grassroots activists who voted for President Trump to show unity in the face of overwhelming criticism and hostility toward their president and his agenda.
Rallies were scheduled in at least 50 cities, including Nashville, Phoenix, Boston, Denver, Miami, St. Paul, Washington, D.C., Overland Park, Kan., and Berkeley, Calif.
In several cities, Trump supporters were met by anti-Trump demonstrators, resulting in violent clashes and arrests. The vast majority of arrestees on Saturday were anti-Trump agitators.
Activists protesting the rally in Berkeley included members of By Any Many Necessary (BAMN) and other violent "antifa" (anti-fascist) groups -- the same crew that wreaked havoc during the anti-Milo riot at UC Berkeley last month.
There was blood in the streets as clashes predictably got ugly.
According to The Daily Californian, at least ten people were arrested and three were injured after anarchists clashed with Trump supporters. More arrests may be on the way as Berkeley police officers stood on the sidelines "videorecording the event to later identify individuals."
Officers were armed with both batons and pepper spray, according to BPD spokesperson Officer Byron White.
He added that some officers also have less lethal munitions with them, including rubber bullets and smaller impact projectiles that they can use to mark particular agitators.
About 3:00 p.m., someone pepper sprayed a large group of people. Many ran out of the crowd holding their eyes. There were also reports of firecrackers being deployed.
When Trump supporters attempted to march towards UC Berkeley’s campus, agitators blocked them to prevent them from leaving their rally site.
One woman was even pushed into the bush by the crowd in the scuffle. Multiple hats, including a “Make America Great” hat and a “Proud Republican” hat, were set on fire by counter-protesters.
An elderly man was pepper-sprayed by an antifa girl.