Yet another Donald Trump rally has spun out of control. Authorities in Costa Mesa, California say at least 20 people have been arrested after a protest against GOP candidate Donald Trump turned violent.
According to law enforcement, what started as a mostly peaceful domonstration against the Republican front runner quickly spiraled into chaos as protesters spilled into the streets.
As reported by Fox News, one Trump supporter had his face bloodied in a scuffle as he tried to flee the area. Another man jumped on top of a police car, leaving its top dented and front and rear windows smashed in as other protesters sprayed graffiti on a police car and the venue’s marquee.
According to The L.A. Times, protesters at one point shut down the entrance to the 55 freeway along Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa as police in riot gear and on horseback pushed the crowd back and away from the venue.
Leading up the the event, a half-dozen anti-Trump protesters harrassed supporters who were waiting to get into the rally. At one point, Trump supporters surrounded a man who was waving a Mexican flag and shouted “Build that wall! Build that wall!” – a reference to Trump’s pledge to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to stop illegal border crossings.
Seven women who were wearing no shirts and Bernie Sanders stickers over their breasts entered the square outside the amphitheater just before the rally. They said they were protesting what they referred to as Trump’s “war on gender equality and women’s rights.”
“I feel like he wants to make America great again, but certainly not for women, for the LBGTQ community or for the lower class,” said Tiernan Hebron, one of the female protesters. “He has, like, done nothing to help with gender equality or women’s rights or reproductive rights or anything.”
Some of the protesters told the Los Angeles Times that they were there to rail against Trump’s policies on immigration and his remarks about Mexican immigrants.
“This is the anger people have against Trump,” Jose Cruz told the LA Times. “It’s not because he’s white, it’s because of what he’s said.”
The protest marked the second time this week that a Trump rally in California turned violent. Earlier this week in nearby Anaheim, Trump supporters and counter protestors confronted one another, leading to several protesters being sprayed by pepper spray.
Despite multiple requests for comment, Trump has made no offical statement on the meyham.