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Trump supporters from Vancouver meet Antifa at The Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) -- Supporters of President Donald Trump from Vancouver took to the Capitol steps in Salem on Sunday afternoon to rally, drawing counter protests from Antifa.

The rally, which started at 2 p.m., remained calm until members from each side had a skirmish at around 4 p.m.

Salem Police separated the 2 sides. 

Counter protesters doubled the number of supporters in attendance. 

Some President Trump supporters told KOIN 6 News they were going to rally at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, but instead decided to head across state lines to Salem.  

Jake Farmer was one of those supporters. He noted how "mellow" the rally and counter protest was until he and other supporters returned to their vehicles. Farmer said one of their trucks had been vandalized. 

"Someone put acetone on one of the trucks and melted the paint off of it," Farmer said. 

The reported vandalism hasn't been confirmed yet with Salem Police. 

Trump supporters, and counter protesters, weren't the only ones at The Capitol on Sunday. 

Gregg Simpson, a local filmmaker, said he went there to shoot a music video.

"And this was going on," Simpson said. "We went ahead and just did our music video and it just dissipated the negative energy that was over here."

KOIN 6 News will update this story


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