Antifa protesters violently attacked Jewish supporters of President Donald Trump who were riding in a convoy in Manhattan Sunday. They physically assaulted them and pelted them with eggs, red paint, rocks and assorted projectiles.
Eleven people were arrested, police said, adding that all have been released except for a 36-year-old man who threw eggs in the faces of two police officers.
As hundreds of cars draped with American flags and Trump 2020 banners rolled from Coney Island through Manhattan, passing by Trump Tower enroute to a rally in Brooklyn’s Marine Park, Antifa protesters were lining the streets, waiting to launch attacks.
About 1,000 Frum Jews from Monsey, Flatbush, Boro Park and Manhattan participated in the event.
The protesters blocked the cars in the convoy, enraging drivers, and some got out of their cars to confront them. One protester was arrested for pepper-spraying a Jewish family of seven inside their car.
Several videos were posted on social media showing agitators instigating fights with people along the route, snatching flags and hurling insults as police rushed to intervene. Police officers were filmed detaining an unidentified man as protesters chanted “let him go.”
Some also recorded themselves throwing eggs from a Brooklyn highway overpass at vehicles riding below.
Protesters were also yelling “New York hates you” at a group of people holding pro-Trump banners on the opposite side of the street.
He told the New York Times Sunday, “I would love to have had a campaign commercial of it and put it on in the middle of America and say, ‘Who would you prefer for the next four years?”
“This group of foul-mouthed people who don’t seem to have a vocabulary beyond three words, or these very nice Jewish people who are driving in the car and not saying anything back and not doing anything other than exercising their right to say they’re for Donald Trump,” he added.
The rally was organized by Boris Epshteyn, an adviser to the Trump campaign and co-chair of Jewish Voices for Trump, organized Sunday’s rally in Brooklyn’s Marine Park at the end of the car parade.
He spoke to the Jerusalem Post recently abut the Trump administration’s policies aimed at addressing antisemitism.
“The president has already signed an executive order [to fight antisemitism on college campuses], he’s already combating antisemitism with the full force of the federal government,” Epshteyn said.
“He also signed the Never Again Holocaust Education Law that provides $10 million toward funding for Holocaust education for our younger generation. So we make sure that the slaughter of Jews and the Holocaust never happens again,” he continued.
“He signed the JUST Act into law, which has made it easier for victims of the Holocaust and their descendants to get restitution. And you will see that continue. You see the president stomping out antisemitism,” he said.