Media Refuse to Blame Anti-Trump Protesters for Violence at Rallies
Mar 27, 2017, 00:27
Counter-protesters said before the march began that they planned to try to stop its progress with a "human wall".
There was a great deal of yelling, shoving, pushing and punching, and some protesters pepper-sprayed a group of marchers. Three people were arrested and charged with using illegal pepper spray; a fourth was charged with assault and battery.
Violence broke out at a pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach, California, on March 25 (video below).
The New York Daily News reported that, after the Donald Trump supporters were pepper sprayed, it set into motion multiple skirmishes, seeing "the President's supporters attacking a masked man with their fists, feet and flags".
The noon rally had hundreds of Trump supporters who marched at Bolsa Chica State Beach in order to support veterans, police and first responders. The march, including protestors, drew around 1,000 people. The man had used pepper spray on a female rally organizer and was eventually apprehended by police, the newspaper reported.
A livestream of the rally in Hollywood showed pro-Trump demonstrators frustrated when someone sat on the Trump's star on the Walk of Fame.
The president tweeted his thanks "for all of the Trump Rallies today".
Pearsall said all of those arrested were counter-demonstrators. Over 1,000 people attended the "Make America Great Again" march.
Ironically, the text of the actual articles often made clear that anti-Trump protesters were to blame, but the headlines - which create a stronger impression, and are all that a casual reader may notice - uniformly refused to place blame where it belonged.
The march in Huntington Beach was part of a nationwide effort to hold pro-Trump demonstrations in about 40 cities across 33 states.
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