Scuffles erupted on Tuesday between U.S. President Donald Trump supporters and the president’s critics after protesters set an American flag on fire.
The fighting took place outside a Beverly Hills venue with heavy police presence where Trump was attending a fundraising event.
Both groups chanted slogans and confronted each other on multiple occasions.
Police broke up some clashes and video of the incident showed two protesters brought down and handcuffed by riot police.
One Trump supporter in attendance told CBS Los Angeles he was “disappointed” in both sides.
“I took a neutral stance. I just stood there with my sign the whole time, but the burning of the flag really hurt,” he said.
Video showed protesters participating in the flag burning chanted “America was never great!” and “Humanity first!”
Trump participated in two fundraising events on Tuesday and will meet again with donors at a breakfast in Los Angeles on Wednesday before heading to San Diego for a fundraising luncheon.
The anti-Trump resistance
Ahead of last week’s Democratic primary debate, a group of Greenpeace activists suspended themselves from a Houston bridge to “resist Trump” and protest the oil industry. The protesters were charged with aiding and abetting obstruction of navigable waters and state felony charges of impairing or interrupting operation of a critical infrastructure facility.
In July, police arrested a Georgia woman after she was caught on video barreling her car through a stranger’s barbed wire fence and vandalizing a sign erected in support of Trump’s reelection.
Such displays of anti-Trump resistance have become relatively commonplace. Some critics argue protesters’ disdain for the president has warped their world view.
Last year, therapists indicated a rise in what they unofficially diagnosed as “Trump Anxiety Disorder.”
In a 2017 essay, clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning – who is credited with originally coining the term – described the symptoms of “Trump Anxiety disorder” as worrying about the state of the country, feeling helpless and out of control, and spending too much time on social media.
Pluralist contributed to this report.
- Beverly Hills protester: Screen grab