A riot broke out after a Donald Trump rally in Orange County, California late Thursday night. At least 20 people were arrested after violence erupted outside the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa.
Fox News has a breakdown of the anti-Trump thug’s despicable behavior:
One Trump supporter had his face bloodied in a scuffle as he tried to drive out of the area. One man jumped on top of a police car, leaving its front and rear windows smashed and the top dented in and other protesters sprayed graffiti on a police car and the venue’s marquee.
Dozens of cars — including those of Trump supporters trying to leave — were stuck in the street as several hundred demonstrators blocked the road, waved Mexican flags and posed for selfies.
Police in riot gear and on horseback pushed the crowd back and away from the venue. There were no major injuries and police did not use any force. The crowd began dispersing about three hours after the speech ended.
As helicopters circled overhead, protesters at one point shut down the entrance to the 55 freeway along Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Police cars vandalized. A citizen’s face bloodied in a physical “scuffle.” Police in riot gear. Freeway traffic blocked.
This was not a “protest,” this was a riot.
— Rob Dew (@DewsNewz) April 29, 2016
But, you’ll barely hear the media describing it that way.
Check out the LA Times headline: Protests rage outside Trump rally in Orange County; 17 arrested, police car smashed
Maybe it’s me, but if your headline includes the phrase :”police car smashed,” perhaps you should go ahead and call it a riot and not the benign and righteous sounding “protest.”
The Times write-up of the ugly violence begins with more apologetic language:
Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night…
“Demonstrators”??? This is a very deliberate use of language. When you have a righteous cause, you’re a “demonstrator.” The Times is using language equating these thugs with someone marching in Selma. “Demonstrators” sounds heroic.
Let’s not forget what these people are rioting about: A political rally consisting of American citizens peacefully assembling (see the Bill of Rights) for the purpose of expressing a political opinion (Ibid).
The best example of journalists siding with the rioting thugs comes from our pals at the Washington Post. First, they use the benign word “clash” to describe the riots.
Trump protesters clashed with police officers here after a campaign rally Thursday hosted by the Republican presidential candidate.
It was just a “clash” everybody. Don’t worry. Of course, when you see what “protesters clashed with police officers” looks like, it sure resembles a riot:
From earlier, when protesters were trying to flip the police car pic.twitter.com/6tY3dzMOgx
— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) April 29, 2016
The Post also managed to miss a key part of the political motivations behind the riots. First hand accounts on social media show the anti-free speech hooligans waving Mexican flags as they smashed a cop car and bloodied the face of a peaceful citizen.
— Ruben Vives (@LATvives) April 29, 2016
How would the average American react knowing that the rioters were waving the flag of a foreign nation as they bullied American citizens?
The Washington Post doesn’t want to find out. Not only is there no mention off the Mexican flag in their report (posted at 5:11 AM, Friday) but they also accompany their story with a picture of a protester standing behind a giant American flag.
By 2AM the riots had been quelled with at least 20 arrests.
#OCSDPIO Post Trump Rally Protest over. Approx 20 arrests by Costa Mesa PD. No major injuries. Crowd dispersed by 11pm. No further updates
— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) April 29, 2016
But that didn’t stop journalists from spinning the story away from the facts. Look at this tweet from an LA Times reporter:
— Ruben Vives (@LATvives) April 29, 2016
“The Donald Trump Storm.” As if all of the violence, the blood, the vandalism and the arrests were the fault of the presidential candidate.