Antifa protesters descended on President Donald Trump’s rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday and it quickly became chaotic.
The alt-left, that the mainstream media wants to pretend doesn’t exist, came prepared. Some, who were members of the John Brown Gun Club, wore bulletproof vests and armed themselves with AR-15s.
They told reporters that they were on hand to protect protesters from “white nationalists.” But there didn’t appear to be any white nationalists at the event. Only Antifa mayhem and destruction.
— Lizzie Pearl (@lizziepearl) August 22, 2017
Members of the John Brown Gun Club. They told me they’re in Phoenix to protect protesters from white nationalists pic.twitter.com/OGgT9qGuFE
— Simon Romero (@viaSimonRomero) August 22, 2017
Much of the protest remained peaceful but, as Fox Business reporter Jeff Flock learned, some came with an agenda.
They set off fireworks and threw bottles and other items at police.
Officers are addressing criminal behavior near 2nd St & Monroe. Please follow directions to move from the area.
— Phoenix Police (@phoenixpolice) August 23, 2017
When Flock got close to where the action was its most intense he shouted “holy sh*t” as explosions started going off around him.
Flock was told by protesters that police started firing tear gas into the crowd after one of the protesters hit police with a water bottle.
Police spray tear gas at protesters following Trump’s Phoenix rally pic.twitter.com/u7t7TtWPNd
— Karla Magarrell (@Mitec_Anas1992) August 23, 2017
But he was having a tough time reporting as the tear gas took its toll on him.
It also took its toll on CNN reporter Gary Tuckman, who confirmed that protesters attacked police first.
“All of our faces are burning, all of our throats are burning,” Tuckman told Don Lemon
“There were some water bottles thrown at police and the next thing we felt were the burning tear gas,” he said.
One protester paid dearly as he attempted to kick a tear gas canister back at police.
Police fired what was either a rubber bullet or pepper balls that hit the man in a spot no man wants to be hit in.
He writhed in pain on the street as another protester, wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey, ran in to drag him off the field of battle.
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