Pay careful attention to how the San Jose Mercury News spins this story:
Dozens of fights broke out on the streets of downtown San Jose on Thursday night as police in riot gear struggled to keep the peace between hundreds of protesters and streams of Donald Trump fans leaving his rally at the city’s convention center.
Protesters jumped on cars, while others burned red “Make America Great” hats and took selfies with the charred remains. Demonstrators waved Mexican flags as Trump supporters shouted at them to “go back to Mexico.”
At the height of the biggest and most violent political protest San Jose has seen in decades, hundreds of people clashed with police and Trump supporters. One young woman was struck in the forehead by a flying metal parking barricade, and police were pelted with traffic cones and water bottles.
“We were just standing there minding our own business when violence erupted out of nowhere!”
If you didn’t know better it would be a mystery who started trouble or you would think that the blame lay equally on both side. But it’s not a “fight” or a “clash” when a mob of thugs attacks an individual.
So who is really to blame for all this?
Exactly who was involved in the violence outside and where they were from remains unclear, but numerous members of the crowd were Latinos from East San Jose who said they opposed the violence and condemned Trump for touting racism.
“San Jose is populated mostly by immigrants and Donald Trump has inspired hate,” said Miguel Ayala, 20, from San Jose: “I’m all about love.”
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo criticized Trump for coming to cities and igniting problems that local police departments have to deal with.
“Our police officers have done an extremely courageous and professional job so far,” Liccardo told The Associated Press Thursday night. “At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign.”
Didn’t anybody on the other side have a teensy tiny smidge of responsibility for what happened?
Arnold Morales, who drove down from Redwood City with his 11-year-old son, said: “I came to protest Donald Trump, not to get in the middle of this. This is really, really stupid. There’s a lot of people like me, but everyone will just focus on the four crazy ones. That diminishes the message.”
Apparently “four crazy ones” overwhelmed the San Jose Police Department.
This is already ugly, and it’s gonna get worse.