- The Washington Times - Friday, June 3, 2016

An Arizona sportscaster deleted his Twitter account Thursday night amid backlash over a tweet apparently blaming a Donald Trump supporter for provoking a mob that assaulted her.

NBC News correspondent Jacob Rascon tweeted several videos showing a female Trump supporter being pelted in the face with random objects following a rally Thursday in San Jose, California.

“Woman who supports Trump surrounded by protesters, who taunt her, then throw eggs and bottles at her,” Ms. Rascon wrote.

Paul Cicala, a sports anchor for Tucson’s NBC affiliate KVOA, criticized Mr. Rascon for failing to include in his tweet that the woman was pointing to her Donald Trump jersey before the attack, Mediaite reported.

“Hey brother.. you aren’t reporting that she was taunting protesters moments before [p]ointing to her Trump shirt etc Please be fair,” Mr. Cicala wrote.

He apparently didn’t notice Mr. Rascon’s tweet that the woman was “showing off her Trump jersey.”

The backlash was swift and Mr. Cicala followed up by acknowledging the protesters were in the wrong.

“Not ok my friend those protesters are definitely wrong. But, she has to be careful egging them on or she sets herself up for that,” he wrote.

Mr. Cicala’s Twitter account has since been deleted.

Trump protesters surrounded the San Jose Convention Center where the rally was held Thursday night, and several fights broke out between them and Trump supporters, leaving some supporters bloodied, ABC News reported. Rally attendees heading back to their cars were reportedly egged, followed and intimidated by mobs of protesters.

The San Jose Police Department said it “made a few arrests” after the rally, and an officer was assaulted.

“Protestors made up mostly of young ppl,” tweeted ABC News reporter Tom Llamas. “Some throwing up gang signs. There were ppl who came to demonstrate & some who just wanted to brawl.”

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