The crowded meeting at the Oregon school began civilly, but after about 40 minutes it became a mess, as nearly 50 protesters clashed with a couple dozen Trump supporters in an environment of shouting, grandstanding, and threats, according to The Vanguard.
A five-minute video posted to YouTube Friday shows a rowdy scene with students standing on tables and often deliberately being as noisy and disruptive as possible.
Students threaten to start fights if certain speakers are not heard, and pro- and anti-Trump factions frequently have shouting matches with one another.
“I’m on SAC [Space Allocation Committee], you fuckers! Shut the fuck up!” one demonstrator yells, apparently to signal she has some power over the meeting, which only provokes a repeated chant of “Can’t stump the Trump!”
Another anti-Trump demonstrator suggested they would find the personal information of Trump backers and try to harass them.
“Every single Trump supporter has a full legal name attached to a social security number with a place of residence, [and] an employer…that information is easy to find online,” they said. The Vanguard says threats came from both sides, but were more common among the protesters.
Occassionally, the video shows the scene become calm enough for an exchange of dialogue between different parties, but the scene quickly reescalates each time. It appears the meeting overall was never able to proceed in an orderly manner. Pro-Trump students occasionally tried to break off to hold separate discussions, but each time were followed by the protesters, according to The Vanguard.
“I want everybody here to know that they have just participated in a successful Trump shutdown!” one person boasts near the end of the video. “If they try it again, the same shit is gonna happen! I promise you, if you do this shit again, we’re coming back!”
Volodymyr Kolychev, one of the meeting’s organizers, told The Vanguard that he had expected and perhaps even hoped for protesters to arrive and make themselves look bad.
“This was just bait,” he said.
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