GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, on Jan. 26, 2016. Photo by Scott Morgan via Reuters
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, on Jan. 26, 2016. Photo by Scott Morgan via Reuters

Amid a near riot outside the meeting, the Anaheim City Council has voted 3-2 to take no action on a resolution criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.

Nearly four hours of public testimony preceded the vote on the resolution by City Councilwoman Kris Murray in advance of the California June 7 Republican primary that may be a key to Trump locking down the party’s presidential nomination.

The resolution sought to “reject and condemn the divisive rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump as contrary to the fundamental principles of the state of California and U.S. Constitutions and as not being reflective of the city of Anaheim’s guiding principles of inclusiveness and kindness.”

Some opponents said the resolution was outside the council’s scope of authority, and the city’s mayor alleged any such political involvement may be an illegal use of tax dollars.

Pro and anti-Trump demonstrators clashed outside Anaheim City Hall before Tuesday night’s meeting, shouting obscenities at each other and firing pepper spray. Two girls and a woman reportedly were hit by pepper spray and an ambulance was called to provide aid.

Anaheim, known more as the home of Disneyland than riotous politics, is Orange County’s largest city. A number of other municipalities in the nation have officially voted to criticize Trump.

—City News Service

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