According to NBC News Bay Area, the rally which was called, “The March 4 Trump” was marketed as a peaceful gathering. But a Trump supporter and a protester got into a fist fight before the march even got started.
Ironically, the march took place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. The atmosphere in the area was tense as supporters and protesters wielded signs, chanted slogans, and confronted each other over their separate political views.
It didn’t take long for blood to be spilled. Fist fights weren’t the only violent outbreaks to happen at the rally. NBC News also reports that smoke bombs and fireworks were thrown, while flags and “Make America Great Again” hats were set on fire.
Guy on ground chased after someone after fight, Berkeley Police weren't having it. pic.twitter.com/kCnSY1uy6G— Gillian Edevane (@GillianNBC) March 4, 2017
Berkeley police fixing injured pic.twitter.com/NgtlUQH2LY— Gillian Edevane (@GillianNBC) March 4, 2017
Firecrackers go off, crowd separates. pic.twitter.com/UnLFvUmGkw— Gillian Edevane (@GillianNBC) March 4, 2017
The man in the leather jacket has been trying to separate groups, keep peace all day. pic.twitter.com/7B9GuRJ13l— Gillian Edevane (@GillianNBC) March 4, 2017
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Although there were reports of a heavy police presence at the Trump rally, no arrests were made.
The news of the violence at the Trump Berkeley rally comes amidst a new scandal that the president instigated with a tweet. In the early hours of Saturday morning, Donald Trump used his personal Twitter account to claim that former president Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped before the 2016 election.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
As the New York Post reports, President Obama has responded to the accusations, denying that he ordered any wiretapping.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said an Obama spokesperson. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.”
The statement did not add whether Trump’s campaign was monitored by the feds as part of a Department of Justice investigation, the New York Post notes.
These new allegations will likely deepen the divide between the pro- and anti-Trump camps and could potentially fuel more violence like the kind witnessed in Berkeley.
Do you think that the rift between Trump supporters or protesters will ever be healed? Is Donald Trump right about Obama wiretapping Trump his office. If so, where the evidence? Let us know all your (conspiracy) theories in the comments below.
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