Over the weekend, a small pro-Trump, neo-Nazi demonstration in Sacramento turned violent when it was confronted by a larger group of anarchists and fellow travelers. Cue up the mood music and enjoy:
A rally by a small group of neo-Nazi demonstrators at the state Capitol on Sunday erupted into a violent clash with protesters that left at least 10 people injured – five of them stabbed – and closed down streets as more than 100 police in riot gear and on horseback intervened to halt the mayhem.
Demonstrators battled with sticks, protest signs and other weapons as the Traditionalist Worker Party group – which said it wanted to assist supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – began setting up for a scheduled noon rally on the west steps of the Capitol.
Even before the event began, clashes broke out at numerous locations around the Capitol grounds among the 400 people gathered for and against the rally, which had been heavily promoted – and denounced – in recent days on various websites. Injuries were reported on both sides of the altercation.
We’ve given quite a bit of coverage to the violence associated with Trump rallies. While there is no way of predicting how this would have played out otherwise, there is no denying that Donald Trump, himself, uncorked the violence genie. It was Trump who called upon attendees at his rallies to rough up hecklers and protesters. It was Trump henchman, Roger Stone, who concocted the idea of siccing mobs on GOP convention delegates who were not sufficiently worshipful of Donald Trump’s magnificence. But in places like Chicago and throughout Califoria, Trump supporters have found themselves overmatched and routed by anarchist based mobs that have hijacked the anti-Trump demonstrators just as effectively as they took control of anti-globalization protests nearly 20 years ago.
One is tempted to buy popcorn, crack open a six-pack, and watch the festivities in super slow motion on the DVR in order to appreciate the flying teeth and blood splatter as both sides are greatly in need of an ass-kicking. But it is a serious matter. In California, in particular, law enforcement seems to have agreed to stand aside and allow the anarchists to do as they wish. In San Jose and in Sacramento, the impending riot was known but the police don’t seem to have taken any measures aimed at anything beyond protecting their own members. In Sacramento, the anarchists were the aggressors and boastful of that fact:
The first sign of violence came just before 11 a.m., when KCRA reporter Mike Luery and his cameraman were caught in an altercation with anti-fascist protesters shouting “no cameras” and demanding they leave.
“We’re not causing the problem; your belligerent people are causing the problem,” Luery told the crowd before someone knocked his mike from his hand and others tried to grab the camera. The pair were eventually shoved out of the crowd and crossed the street away from the protesters.
Damion Osborne, a Sacramento community activist who came out to join the anti-Nazi protesters Sunday, said more trouble erupted about 11:20 a.m. when a neo-Nazi with a stick, a sign and shirt with a swastika and the words “White Power” approached the crowd.
“He dodged a bottle and then a rock, then someone broke a rock over his back,” said Osborne, 26. “The organizer said, ‘Stop, let him speak.’
“Then some folks came up to take his sign away and he wouldn’t let go, so a girl from the anti-racist side punched him. As soon as he was getting beat down, the cops came and grabbed him and started shooting rubber pellets.”
They started out, like good little leftists by evicting the press from the area (shades of Melissa Click and “I need some muscle over here”). And from there they moved straight onto targeted violence.
Make no mistake about it, though the neo-Nazi groups have always manufactured a air of violence they are like babes in the woods in an actual skirmish. And like a predator that has acquired a taste for human blood, these people are not going to restrict themselves to bashing Trump supporters. Next on the menu will the Tea Party rallies and pro-life protests.