As the media try to build a narrative that supporters of President Trump are violent extremists, once again it is leftists who have resorted to open, public displays of violence and intimidation.
A man demonstrating in support of the president over the weekend was struck in the face with a scooter by an anti-Trump protester, according to witnesses who talked with the Long Beach Post.
The news outlet reported that the assault took place Saturday as Trump supporters and opponents faced off near the site of the California Democratic Convention.
It is not clear who started the fight, the news outlet wrote, but witnesses reported one of the anti-Trump protesters hit a Trump supporter in the face with a manual scooter during the clash.
“It happened really fast,” Raul Rodriguez Jr., who was holding a sign in support of Trump’s re-election, told the Long Beach Post.
About a dozen Trump supporters stood outside the Long Beach Convention Center, where the event was being held, using bullhorns and chanting “Four more years!”
Rodriguez said two men came up to him and the other Trump supporters and started “harassing” them.
In a tweet addressing the incident, the Long Beach Police Department said it “is committed to ensuring everyone’s 1st Amendment rights, but we also want to remind you that any violence of any kind will not be tolerated in our community.”
Three people were taken into custody and all three were charged with assault with a deadly weapon that was not a firearm, the department’s public information officer Arantxa Chavarria told the news outlet.
Two people involved in the incident were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for cuts, Chavarria added.
Eight Democratic presidential candidates were in attendance at the convention on Saturday.