I'm sick and tired of hearing about Trump supporters getting their asses kicked by so-called "anti-fascist" punks, particularly in places like Berkeley, where the cops stand off at a safe distance, apparently under orders to do nothing but make sure the violence doesn't spill over into the nice neighborhoods inhabited by university professors who are all in favor of leftists beating up conservatives. There was a time when you could engage in peaceful assembly anywhere in America and be reasonably sure of safety; no longer.
Don't set yourself up to be easy targets. Even in California, you have a right to defend yourself from assault and battery. Herewith, a few suggestions:
1) If you're like me - 61, slightly overweight and definitely out of shape - you've got no business showing up at a rally accompanied by nobody but other old duffers in the same condition. Get some younger people in good physical shape to go with you, preferably current or former Navy SEALS or Army Rangers; anybody, in fact, who's physically capable of engaging in a good scrap. But do be ready to pitch in.
2) Don't go to a rally carrying nothing but a placard nailed to a balsa-wood stick. Fix that sign to a sturdy piece of solid oak, or maybe even a baseball bat.
3) Get yourself a tactical pen and learn how to use it:
4) Load up on pepper spray (but practice not shooting yourself in the face with it).
5) And keep those cameras rolling. There's always a chance the police will be compelled to do some investigating if you happen to get a clear picture of a thug in action.
Update: Stick Man shows the way!
(H/T: Mike_W, in the comments).