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Riot police called to Trump rally in San Jose

Violence between anti-Trump protestors and supporters erupted outside a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump on Thursday in San Jose, CA prompted the need for riot police as tensions grew in the diverse region before the California Primary on Tuesday June 7.

“At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign.” – San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Protestors bearing signs that read, “Brown and Proud,” “F###k your Wall,” and displaying Trump’s picture above the one word “Nazi” chanted and taunted Trump supporters as they entered and exited the San Jose Convention Center. Protestors surrounded, stopped and kicked cars as they were exiting the center’s garage. Trump supporters on the street were pelted with eggs, bottles and debris.

One Trump supporter who was wearing a shirt bearing the words “Build the Wall,” (Trump’s remedy for illegal immigration from Mexico), was assaulted. His shirt was torn off and he was assaulted as he tried to get away. As CBS San Francisco Bay Area reported, anti-Trump protestors followed the young man, who at first seemed amused, before realizing that there was a threat to his well-being. He was repeatedly struck from behind as he ran away.

“Our police officers have done an extremely courageous and professional job so far,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo told the Associated Press. 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.

At some points, Trump supporters taunted protestors and engaged in verbal and physical exchange as they exited the building. Trump’s outwardly racist platform and divisive stance on illegal immigration, Mexicans, Muslims, Native Americans, women and a host of other issues contributed to the unrest seen in San Jose and Trump rallies across the country.

This post originally appeared on Examiner.com on June 3, 2016.

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