Protesters Attack Trump Supporters in San Jose

Hats were burned and eggs were thrown
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 3, 2016 12:01 AM CDT
Protesters Attack Trump Supporters in San Jose
Some Trump hats ended up in flames.   (Jae C. Hong)

A group of protesters attacked Donald Trump supporters who were leaving the candidate's rally in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday night. A dozen or more people were punched, at least one person was pelted with an egg, and Trump hats grabbed from supporters were set on fire on the ground, the AP reports. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests, but police had declared the gathering an unlawful assembly about a half-hour after the rally ended. The crowd, which had numbered over 300 just after the rally, had thinned significantly, but those who remained, filling about a city block near the San Jose Convention Center, were rowdy and angry. Some banged on the cars of Trump supporters as they left the rally and chased after others on foot.

"Our police officers have done an extremely courageous and professional job so far," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo tells the AP. "We're all still holding our breath to see the outcome of this dangerous and explosive situation." The mayor criticized Trump for coming to cities and igniting problems that local police departments had to deal with. "At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign," Liccardo says. At the rally, Trump spoke for around 50 minutes, sniping at Hillary Clinton and calling her speech on foreign policy earlier in the day "pathetic" and "sad to watch." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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