Story by Kahlen Miao
Photos by Ella Jayasekera
Trump supporters rallied together at the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Mission Street on Sunday, Nov. 1, and several of them assaulted an underage counter-protestor.
The Pasadena Republican Club organized the demonstration, which occurred one day after Black Lives Matter (BLM) South Pasadena ended its protests at the same location. Ralliers, largely non-locals and unmasked, waved “Blue Lives Matter,” American, and pro-Trump flags while also selling Trump merchandise and chanting “U.S.A” as cars honked approvingly.
Counter-protests, most of whom were youth, showed up to oppose the Trump enthusiasts and voice their support for BLM and democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Many residents were outraged that there was a Trump rally in South Pasadena.
“I think the thing that made me the most angry was that it was in South Pasadena, and you know it’s a very liberal town,” senior and counter-protestor Audrey Ernst said. “We’ve had the BLM peaceful protests there for months and when they’re finally done, [Trump supporters] come here and spread all this horrible hatred in a town that is liberal and is inclusive, and it just made me so mad.”
After a Biden supporter knocked some pro-Trump baseball hats that the supporters were illegally selling off a table, a Trump enthusiast proceeded to drag the minor across the floor by her hair and a group of about five supporters began kicking her. The South Pasadena Police Department (SPPD) arrived on the scene but did not arrest the agitators, much to the frustration of some witnesses.
“The situation with [the SPPD] was extremely saddening. [The victim] was physically hurt and very distressed as we all were. The people who hurt her stood very close to us while we gave our statements which was very inappropriate, frustrating, and uncomfortable,” junior and witness Ava Dunville said. “I was really upset that no action was taken [by the police] directly after she was assaulted. I feel as though accountability in our city needs to be a priority and I’m just not seeing that right now.”
The victim’s family plans to press charges against the assaulters.