Rallies in support of President Donald Trump took place across America this weekend in a show of support for the new administration’s fast-moving agenda.
In many places, anti-Trump counter-demonstrations resorted to violence. Media outlets, however, suggested inaccurately that the protests were an outgrowth of the pro-Trump protests themselves.
Pro-Trump demonstrations were held in cities across the country, including New York, Washington, San Diego, Palm Beach, Nashville, Lansing, and Minnesota.
Most rallies went forward without disruption, apart from in Berkeley, California, where left-wing anarchists became violent after holding a counter-demonstration.
Ten people were arrested in scenes reminiscent of protests at UC Berkeley against former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’s talk, while an elderly man could be seen lying in agony after being pepper-sprayed by the anarchists.
Fighting is spreading to the streets in Berkeley. This isn't a Trump rally anymore. It's the anarchists. pic.twitter.com/cFIu7akCSX
— Lizzie Johnson (@lizziejohnsonnn) March 4, 2017
Violence also ensued at a rally in Minnesota, where 400 Trump supporters rallied around the state capitol rotunda in St. Paul, before being accosted by an anti-Trump counter-demonstration. According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, the conflict led to scuffles, and six counter-protesters were arrested.
WATCH: 'March 4 Trump' participants and counterprotesters engage in dueling chants at MN Capitol rotunda https://t.co/UkkgwTNVbi
— KSTP (@KSTP) March 4, 2017
In New York, around 200 people demonstrated their support for the president in front of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan.
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C, around 150 Trump supporters marched from the Washington Monument to Lafayette Square.
— Jennifer L Lawrence (@JenLawrence21) March 4, 2017
In Nashville, Tennesse, a huge crowd turned out at Legislative Plaza as part of the Spirit of America, with rally organizer Mark Skoda telling Breitbart News that the crowd size was estimated at 2,000 people.
— Patricia Miler (@PatriciaMiler1) March 5, 2017
In Palm Beach, Florida, the president’s motorcade was stopped by dozens of supporters, with Trump stepping outside the vehicle to greet them.
Supporters in Lansing, Michigan, turned out in their hundreds. Donald Trump was the first Republican to win the state of Michigan since George H.W Bush in 1988, defeating Hillary Clinton in the tightest race in state’s electoral history.
Pro Trump rally in Lansing Michigan. pic.twitter.com/qWJIVYOkfT
— #TeamTrump/Bannon (@lisafedup) March 4, 2017
Over 200 Trump supporters also rallied in downtown San Diego.
On Sunday evening, Donald Trump thanked supporters for the “tremendous support” he had received throughout the weekend.
Thank you for the great rallies all across the country. Tremendous support. Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2017