An anti-Trump protester pepper sprayed a group of Trump supporters, including two little girls, during a confrontation outside Anaheim City Hall yesterday.
Trump supporters and anti-Trump demonstrators clashed as the City Council debated whether to pass a resolution condemning the Trump campaign.
However, the only individual worthy of condemnation was a man wielding a hand-held pepper-spray device which he used to incapacitate five people, including two girls aged 8 and 11, before fleeing the scene.
Paramedics arrived to treat the girls, who were comforted by a female Trump supporter wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap. The girls said that their eyes and mouth hurt after the assault.
According to Trump supporter Linda Reedy, the anti-Trump agitators goaded her friends before one man jumped them.
“I just think they’re so out of control,” Reedy told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m so sick of the anger in this country.”
“I can feel it now, it’s pungent,” another victim of the pepper spray, Lilia Zapatos, told KNBC-TV.
An image published by the Associated Press shows the man responsible for the assault.
The City Council resolution, which called for condemning Trump’s “divisive rhetoric” because it was “offensive to Mexican immigrants, Muslims and other groups,” was later rejected by three votes to two.
During the debate, one Trump supporter told council member Kris Murray, “This is not your business – your business is to govern Anaheim, keep your noses out of the national election.”
Another African-American Trump supporter accused Murray of “not representing the people.”
We have documented innumerable examples of anti-Trump agitators acting out aggressively and violently over the last two months, incidents which have served to demolish the media narrative that the Trump campaign itself is responsible for violence at Trump events.
An anti-Trump demonstrator was herself pepper-sprayed in the face by a Trump supporter at an event last month in Janesville, Wisconsin, although video footage showed the girl had initiated the incident by throwing a punch at another Trump supporter.