It seems Trump’s rage-fueled campaign has finally hit its boiling point. Not even a day after the mass protest that cancelled Trump’s Chicago rally, police used pepper spray on a crowd of protesters at this Saturday’s Trump rally in Kansas City.
“I’m just very thankful I didn’t get the brunt of it. I know some people had to have,” said journalist Josh Helmuth. “Again, not sure what happened, but we’re gonna try to get out of this area.”
“They didn’t care if you were on the sidewalk or on the street, they sprayed everyone down a long radius.”
Watch the videos of the attack below:
Video of spray via Chris Otter pic.twitter.com/ZwHrz1cwmL
— Josh Helmuth (@Jhelmuth) March 13, 2016
— Eli Rosenberg (@EliKMBC) March 13, 2016
As you can see, we were far from what happened and were not involved but he in walked up spraying us pic.twitter.com/f22WB5FAAG
— Chris (@stokith) March 13, 2016
Left untreated, pepper spray in the eyes can permanently damage the corneas. Protesters on the scene were treating victims of the pepper spray attack with milk:
Milk for those who say they were sprayed with pepper spray by police. pic.twitter.com/36anfanHVQ
— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) March 13, 2016
— mikee dee (@uncleblabby) March 13, 2016
In response to the pepper spray attacks, Kansas City Police has issued this statement via Twitter:
We had to use pepper spray 2 times outside Trump rally and arrested 2 people who refused to follow law. (1/2)
— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) March 13, 2016
In 4 of the 5 states voting on March 15, Trump rallies have been hot spots of violence due to amped-up Trump supporters:
- In Fayetteville, North Carolina, 78-year-old Jim McGraw was caught on video punching protester Rakeem Jones in the face without provocation.
- As mentioned earlier, a Trump rally in Chicago was cancelled after thousands of protesters showed up and surrounded the venue where the billionaire real estate magnate was scheduled to speak, prompting spats of violence from angry Trump supporters leaving the arena.
- In Dayton, Ohio, a protester rushed the stage where Trump was speaking, prompting Secret Service detail to tackle and arrest the man.
- The scene outside of a Trump rally got particularly violent in Saint Louis, Missouri, yesterday outside of the Peabody Opera House, where at least one man was bloodied by Trump supporters.
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Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW