L.A. Mayor Praises Peaceful Anti-Trump Protests

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Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti also said he hoped President-elect Donald Trump will set an example and repair damage from his campaign rhetoric.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has condemned anti-Trump demonstrators who damaged property and blocked traffic. But he says he's proud of the thousands who took to streets peacefully.

The mayor, a Democrat and son of immigrants, said Thursday that had he been younger, he might have hit the bricks as well and called Wednesday's peaceful demonstrations "a beautiful expression of democracy."

On Thursday, a few dozen people again blocked a local freeway in the Boyle Heights area. California Highway Patrol officers were talking to them.

Garcetti said he believed the election of a Republican won't affect federal funding for Los Angeles and said he hoped President-elect Donald Trump will set an example and repair damage from his campaign rhetoric, which was seen as virulently anti-immigrant.

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