Trump rally stays peace­ful

Orange County event bears no re­sem­blance to a prior brawl-fest. Sup­port­ers march, then hold a pic­nic.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By An­drea Castillo an­drea.castillo@la­times.com Twit­ter: @an­dream­castillo

In a dra­matic con­trast to a Hunt­ing­ton Beach melee three months ago, about 300 South­ern Cal­i­for­nia sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Trump marched peace­fully Satur­day in Foun­tain Val­ley.

The event in Mile Square Re­gional Park drew many peo­ple car­ry­ing Amer­i­can flags and wear­ing T-shirts bear­ing mes­sages such as “De­plorable lives mat­ter,” “Hil­lary 4 prison” and “Keep calm and blame Rus­sia.”

About 100 sher­iff ’s deputies were on hand for the rally, and lo­cal po­lice were sta­tioned out­side the park.

As peo­ple started gath­er­ing about 11 a.m., a cou­ple of coun­ter­protesters handed out read­ing ma­te­rial about Amer­i­can In­di­ans, colo­nial­ism and slav­ery that in­cluded the mes­sage, “Make Amer­ica great — ed­u­cate your­self!” When the proTrump group be­gan march­ing later, a few more coun­ter­protesters ar­rived.

But the al­ter­ca­tions re­sulted in a few ar­gu­ments and insults only.

Af­ter march­ing four miles around the park, the ral­liers fin­ished the af­ter­noon with a bar­be­cue.

When Trump sup­port­ers gath­ered in March in Hunt­ing­ton Beach, about 2,000 peo­ple showed up.

Their event was in­ter­rupted by a vi­o­lent brawl in which one of the or­ga­niz­ers was doused with pep­per spray. At least four peo­ple were ar­rested.

Satur­day’s march pri­mar­ily was held to op­pose Se­nate Bill 54, a Cal­i­for­nia bill that would re­strain state and lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies from us­ing re­sources to in­ves­ti­gate, de­tain, re­port or ar­rest peo­ple for pur­poses of im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment.

As the marchers took off, they chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, il­le­gal im­mi­grants got to go.”

Or­ga­nizer Dar­lene Sa­vord said the event was meant to be a fam­ily-friendly gath­er­ing and a safe space for Trump sup­port­ers to be among like-minded com­pany.

“The silent ma­jor­ity is wak­ing up,” she said. “Our voices need to be heard. Not all of Cal­i­for­nia is lib­eral, and we’d love to see it go red.”

Rom­mel Labastida of Orange County held a sign read­ing “Asians for Trump.” He and his fam­ily im­mi­grated to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 11, and it took them 10 years to se­cure their visas, he said.

“I’m not to­tally against im­mi­gra­tion. I’m an im­mi­grant my­self — how could I be?” he said. “I just want peo­ple to come legally.”

Mar­cus Yam Los An­ge­les Times

ABOUT 300 sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Trump marched at Mile Square Re­gional Park in Foun­tain Val­ley. Vi­o­lence in­ter­rupted a sim­i­lar event in Hunt­ing­ton Beach in March, when at least four peo­ple were ar­rested.

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