Protesters attacked Donald Trump supporters on the sidelines of a San Jose rally Thursday night, in a raucous scene where a dozen or more people were punched and at least one woman was pelted with an egg.
Protesters also reportedly grabbed Trump hats from supporters and set the hats on fire on the ground.
…The crowd, which had numbered over 300… were rowdy and angry.
Some banged on the cars of Trump supporters as they left the rally and chased after those on foot to frighten them.
Police were keeping their distance from the crowd as the scuffles played out, but keeping them from getting any closer to the convention center.
“Our police officers have done an extremely courageous and professional job so far,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo told The Associated Press by phone. “We’re all still holding our breath to see the outcome of this dangerous and explosive situation.”
The mayor, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, 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 said.
Published June 2, 2016
(my comment: From TV reports, the violence appeared to be one-sided, perpetrated by the protestors, while trump supporters remained only defensive. The Police denied that police were ordered to stand down, and let the anti-trump thugs “express themselves.”