In today’s world, the likelihood of getting assaulted while attending some sort of political rally is relatively high… especially if you’re vocal about your position. But the bottom line is that there’s simply no excuse to break out into an all-out melee due to a difference of opinion.
Well, Long Beach, California played host to a series of demonstrators while they gathered on the outside of the California Democratic Convention just this past Saturday.
It didn’t take long for the chaos to transpire. Fox says that an exchange of words led to a full-on physical altercation. And during the fight, a protester used his metal scooter to assault a conservative demonstrator, striking the individual in the head.
Luckily, police were relatively close by before any further injury could occur between the opposed individuals.
Three suspects were arrested after the clash. While this kind of violence is becoming increasingly commonplace with these sorts of gatherings and demonstrations, it certainly doesn’t mean that it’s permissible.
The commotion was preceded by the typical pro-Trump and anti-Trump collisions that we’ve bore witness to on social media and perhaps even our own cities and towns. Roughly a dozen Trump supporters were standing outside the Long Beach Convention Center that day, equipped with signage promoting their ideals and toting bullhorns in tandem; all the while chanting “Four more years!”, as reported by The Long Beach Post.
— Stephen Carr (@Carrphotos) November 16, 2019
Two men had apparently approached the Trump supporters and started “harassing” them during the gathering outside, according to one of the Trump supporters present. At some point during the heated discourse between the two parties, one of the anti-Trump protesters had allegedly hit one of the Trump supporters in the face with the scooter.
Raul Rodriguez Jr., one of the Trump supporters that was present during the brawl, commented on the eruption of violence.
“It happened really fast,” he said.
Rodriguez mentioned that one of the protesters with whom they were entangled with grabbed his bullhorn after he turned on its siren and put it in his face. He said the protester tried to hit him, prompting another Trump supporter to defend Rodriguez.
The police wound up arresting all three men that were involved in the fight and charged them with suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm. In this case, since police likely didn’t see the fray from start to finish, authorities had to err on letting the courts sort out what actually happened.
Out of the three men that were involved, two of the suspects were taken to the hospital with minor cuts.
Fight breaks out outside the California Democrat Convention involving pro and anti-Trump protesters. One of the anti-Trump fighters hit a Trump supporter in the face with a scooter. Police arrested 3. https://t.co/mzDNntLgSV
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) November 17, 2019
The Long Beach Police Department released a statement via Twitter in response to all that transpired in the event in an effort to let the public know just how they feel about political violence taking place at these sorts of rallies.
“[The Long Beach Police Department] 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.”
At around 11:25AM we responded to the area of Pine/Ocean for reports of a fight. 3 suspects in custody. #LBPD 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.
— Long Beach PD (CA) (@LBPD) November 16, 2019
These are words that we can certainly stand by as well.
Attacks against conservatives and Trump supporters have been skyrocketing.
According to NBC 4 New York, Jahangir “John” Turan, a fan of the President, had taken a trip to Trump Tower in August. He visited the gift shop where he purchased the iconic red Make America Great Again hat. However, his excitement was short lived.
Turan was walking on Canal Street when a group of adolescents approached him.
“They were saying ‘Why are you wearing that?’ One girl flipped the hat off my head, and I tried to grab it. Then they came after me. One guy grabbed me from behind and slammed my head against a metal post.”
Turan recalls to the Daily News. He states they were shouting “F Trump” as the assault endured.
Turan suffered a fractured bone in his face and significant contusions. He was not able to identify his attackers and no arrests have been made yet. Turan says to NBC 4 New York he “felt sad because I feel the president is trying to do a good job and society just doesn’t understand.”
Just this past April, another victim of MAGA-assault, Atsu Mable had a very similar encounter.
Mable, a native of Togo in West Africa, was in the Germantown neighborhood of Maryland when two men called to him asking why he was wearing the red hat.
Mable attempted to ignore the men and focused on getting to his apartment complex. However, the men were determined not to let him make it that far, according to ABC 7’s Kevin Lewis.
“All of a sudden, I got a punch on my head. Boom!” Mable said. “They took my headphones and smashed it to the ground and tried to take my phone… I was falling back onto the ground… They were punching me on my head. Suddenly I thank God for that bystander that came by and called the police.”
Jovan Crawford and Scott Roberson were found by police hiding amongst children playing basketball nearby, Lewis reports. They were charged with assault, robbery, attempted theft and destruction of property.
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Mable, a native French speaker, has mastered English since immigrating and told ABC 7 that he has previously been cussed at and berated for the hat but this was the first time he was assaulted.
He remains steadfast in his support of the President saying:
“I like everything that he does. Like, I came here legally… Why can’t all people come here legally then? I went through the right process, the proper channels and I’m here, so why can’t they do the same thing?”
Just weeks before Mable’s attack, Massachusetts woman Rosiane Santos was captured in a viral video knocking the red hat off of a patron in a Mexican restaurant. According to USA Today’s, Joey Garrison, Santos justified her actions saying the customer “shouldn’t be allowed in a Mexican restaurant with that hat.”
The heavily intoxicated Santos was charged with assault and battery as well as disorderly conduct. However, the charges were the least of her troubles.
US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement determined that Santos was living in Massachusetts illegally. She has been released from ICE and is pending an immigration hearing.
Only a week after Santos’ assault came a horrifying encounter between a New Jersey teen and an 81-year old senior citizen.
According to the New York Post’s Joe Tacopino, Ryan Salvagno began harassing the elderly man who was donning the red hat outside of a local grocery store. The man attempted to get away from the 19-year-old but was unable to out-maneuver him.
The teen grabbed the man, throwing him down on the pavement, knocked over his cart of groceries and threw the hat. Salvagno faced charges of harassment and assault.
Since the attack, John Turan is not eager to wear his Make America Great Again hat saying:
“It’s dangerous to wear a hat like this in New York City.”
However, Atsu Mable has only greater conviction since his assault. According to Lewis, he says:
“They felt like a black man should not be wearing a Trump hat because it’s like when you are black, you have to be a Democrat… I’ll wear it again. The movement is still going on, Trump is still in power and in 2020 we will win again.”