So reports the Los Angeles Times.
Some Trump supporters planned a protest; some others showed up in counter-protest. I will say up front, the rest of this post will shock you; not for what happened, but for the reporting when considering the source.
As I have mentioned, I normally don’t react immediately to such events. But the news here is the source as much as it is the event.
I will let the Times reporters speak (mostly) for themselves:
…it was soon punctuated by tear gas and a scattering of violent skirmishes. Some anti-fascist protesters, wearing black and with their faces covered, chased or beat Trump supporters and organizers…
Wait…who chased and beat whom? Who started the violence?
Officers reported 14 arrests, many of them for violations of the city’s emergency rules banning masks, sticks and potential weapons inside the demonstration area.
Some in Berkeley worried that Sunday’s chaos, captured on video and quickly disseminated through social media, would provide unwanted ammunition to Trump and his supporters.
…the demonstration of more than 4,000 people pulled heavily from area labor unions, church groups and liberal activists — but also scores of young people clad in all black, some carrying shields and others with bandanas pulled over their faces.
Those activists are sometimes referred to as “antifa”…
What were these “antifa” counter-protestors there to counter-protest?
The counter-demonstrators were in the city to protest the “Say No to Marxism in America” rally, police said.
I guess this means anyone who supports these counter-protestors is saying yes to Marxism in America.
Anti-fascist protesters also beat one person wearing an American flag.
Because, you know, Nazi fascists display American flags.
Some threatened to break the cameras of anyone who filmed them, including journalists.
Maybe this is why we get an honest report?
One counter-protester, in tears, said she worried that Sunday’s event would be tied to violence.
Why would that be?
Another, who helped break up a fight, was upset over the altercations. “We need to get antifa out of here,” said Jack Harris, 20, of San Francisco.
No, little Jack Harris, you just need to stop associating with criminals and thugs.