A group of about 12 Trump supporters, led by a screaming homophobic immigrant hater from Gloucester, spent two hours in the Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury, mostly surrounded by roughly 50 Black Lives Matter supporters.
Both sides went megaphone to megaphone, blaring out taunts and insults, often from just a few feet away. At one point, the Trump organizer taunted a BLM supporter: "How much is George Soros paying you? How much is George Soros paying you?" The BLM supporter, equipped with his own bullhorn, led his side in several sing-song, schoolyard-like chants of "Dianna lost her job!" referring to the way she was stripped of a radio show she had for posting video of herself yelling insults at some landscapers speaking Spanish. "Go home, Karen!" was another chant.
The Trump supporters started in front of the E-5 police station, then were escorted by police across Centre Street to the Holy Name School wall, then to the island in the middle of the rotary, then back to the wall.
For most of the time, they were surrounded so well by the BLM supporters that people driving through the rotary probably did not see them and thought they were seeing a Black Lives Matter protest. Men driving alone in pickups seemed to delight in slowing down to yell "Fuck you!" and other epithets at the BLM supporters. One even managed to get his truck to spew thick black diesel smoke at a couple of BLM supporters after he first insulted them and they dared him to get out and tell them whatever he had said right to his face.
Up to 20 BPD officers spent the time keeping the two groups separated by at least a couple of feet and helping direct traffic and pedestrians around the rotary as rush hour approached. At the designated 5 p.m. end of the Trump rally, police converged along the Holy Name wall to let the remaining Trump supporters leave without interference.
Trump organizer and BLM backer exchange pleasantries:
Sergeant near wall points at officers near E-5 to go up to clear Holy Name School parking lot of protesters on both sides:
Towards the end, BPD detectives came out from E-5 to do a little light videoing of the BLM demonstrators:
The guy with the Trump signs later set several of them on fire:
All of the BLM supporters wore masks. Most of the Trump supporters did not.