A group of Trump supporters known as “Americans for Trump” held a rally at the Huntington Beach Pier early Saturday afternoon to show support for President Donald Trump — and push for him to “Build That Wall.”
The Orange County Register reported that there was a heavy police presence as pro-Trump ralliers gathered near the Huntington Beach Pier. A video shot by the Register reporter shows the Trump supporters peacefully chanting and holding signs that said “Build That Wall,” and “Illegal Immigrants Got to Go.”
The rally drew close to 50 Trump supporters from various activist groups all over the Southland, including a number of members of “Latinos for Trump.”
The rally was reportedly peaceful overall, but given past incidents of violence in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and other Southern California venues (mostly against Trump supporters), the Huntington Beach Police Department maintained a strong presence throughout the rally.
But there were some tense moments and heated exchanges between beachgoers and Trump supporters.
One man confronted Harim Uziel — a self-described “Hardcore American Patriot” and “Latino for Trump” — and demanded to know why the group was “inciting violence.”
“We’re not inciting … by what? By being a Patriot, by being a Patriot? No, you’re not going to [bleep] piss me off and my people, homie,” Uziel said.
Uziel is a well-known figure within the Southern California Trump movement, and has become a lightning rod for anti-Trump protestors in recent months — including for an incident in late June where a pro-Trump protester was arrested for “brandishing a firearm” when protestors surrounded his vehicle.
That case is still pending, but Uziel, who was in the passenger seat live-streaming the event on Facebook, was released without any charges. At that same incident, an anti-Trump protester was arrested for assaulting a member of law enforcement with a bottle.
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