This description of what happened at a Donald Trump rally in San Jose yesterday that was attacked by protestors is really disturbing.
Protesters jumped on cars, pelted Trump supporters with eggs and water balloons, snatched signs and stole “Make America Great” hats off supporters’ heads before burning the hats and snapping selfies with the charred remains.
Several people were caught on camera punching Trump supporters. At least one attacker was arrested, according to CNN, although police did not release much information.
In one video circulating widely on social media, two protesters tried to protect a Trump supporter as other protesters attacked him and called him names.
Another video captured a female Trump supporter taunting protesters before being surrounded and struck in the face with an egg and water balloons.
Trump supporters were surrounded and, in several cases, attacked as they left the rally.
In one incident captured on camera, a Trump supporter was struck hard over the side of the head as he was walking away from a group of protesters. The attack left him with blood streaming down his head and onto his shirt.
Another Trump supporter was also bloodied after being attacked, his shirt torn almost completely off his body. Videos circulating on social media showed swirling, furious fights spilling from street corner to street corner, often with no police in sight.
The article links to several videos but here is one.
It seems to me that this election is seeing an increase in actual physical violence at political rallies. The US is no stranger to political violence with the events that took place at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago being the stuff of legend. But that was largely a conflict between the authorities and demonstrators. I do not recall violence involving political partisans among the citizenry reaching this level in the recent past.