A so-called "blue lives matter" rally in Tyler, Texas ended in violence Sunday when the protesters attacked counter-protesters calling for police accountability. At the same time, another rally in support of ending the occupation in American cities was also having an event.
According to Democratic Congressional candidate Hank Gilbert, the rally prevented him from speaking, even though it was supposed to be a non-partisan event. At one point, Gilbert said that a supporter of Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) assaulted his campaign manager while the police ignored it. Gilbert is challenging Gohmert.
Here are some of @replouiegohmert's supporters choking out one of the attendees at the Tyler rally. They nearly kno… https://t.co/ZJcvehc3y4— Hank Gilbert (@Hank Gilbert) 1595805504.0
Here is a pic of a few of Ryan’s visible injuries from @replouiegohmert supporters who attacked and beat him up tod… https://t.co/EHJH7YUBk0— Hank Gilbert (@Hank Gilbert) 1595795833.0
Trump supporters appeared to try and kill another Gilbert supporter by choking him.
Well, I wonder what @realDonaldTrump has to say about one of his supporters choking this man out? Just realized tha… https://t.co/UoebxeU72t— Hank Gilbert (@Hank Gilbert) 1595809396.0
One of the men involved had white supremacist tattoos, he explained.
One of the guys with white supremacy tattoos (He's the one with White Pride tatted on his arms) at @Hank4Texas rall… https://t.co/HQ8ZS4yelA— Vince Leibowitz (@Vince Leibowitz) 1595813661.0
White supremacists including some with Confederate flags were out in full force in Tyler today. Check out this guy'… https://t.co/Ol6YbsFrgX— Hank Gilbert (@Hank Gilbert) 1595806381.0
GOP supporters also said that they should have just shot Gilbert.
This guy says he wishes they'd shot me. Cannot believe @replouiegohmert's supporters. Time to dump him:… https://t.co/Dv9TWp2fAA— Hank Gilbert (@Hank Gilbert) 1595808798.0
A Democratic Committeewoman was punched in the chest.
Also at the protest: @texasdemocrats State Dem. Exec Committeewoman Nancy Nichols was punched in the chest by a man… https://t.co/6GJOZjJMv7— Hank Gilbert (@Hank Gilbert) 1595804305.0
As the protests devolved into chaos, a camera crew from local KETK camera crew captured the brawl.
Gilbert is calling for an investigation as to why police didn't get involved until it was too late.
Ya’ll should call City of Tyler Chief Jimmy Toler at (903) 531-1015 and ask him why his officers didn’t come on the… https://t.co/fhBQnMKS1p— Hank Gilbert (@Hank Gilbert) 1595796725.0
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