“He calls us rapists, he says we do drugs, he says we do all this stuff,” Joseph said of Trump, rousing the crowd. “You know what, let’s prove them all wrong today! Today, we can let out our anger — say what we want, do what we want. The best part about this is this has all been peaceful.” The crowd cheered.
In Portland, the initially peaceful protests turned violent Thursday night when a group the police identified as anarchists lit fires and smashed car windshields and business storefronts, causing more than $1 million in damage.