Fresno political activist beat up at a rally in Berkeley
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) —
A Fresno political activist is on the mend after getting beat up at a pro President Trump rally last weekend in Berkeley.
Ben Bergquam calls himself a political evangelist. He's passionate about faith, freedom and family but last Saturday he was beaten and bloodied for his political beliefs.
Going in Bergquam realized the conservative group wasn't welcome.
In the beginning he says there were spirited debates, but minutes later Bergquam says he got punched in the mouth and hit on his ear with a stick.
Bergquam did not strike back but rather tried to stay on message. "A girl went to grab my sign and my flag and another guy came over the top and I got this gash and then it just opened up and the whole side of my face was bloody, said Bergquam.
His ear and and the top of his head needed stitches so he went to the hospital, but the political evangelist wasn't through; 90-minutes later he was back at the rally. "My objective is to dialogue. Too often we're so polarized we can't communicate we lose that ability."
Bergquam now has a bloody Freedom Bank t-shirt and a torn political sign to remind him of his bloody battle in Berkeley. "I'm going to continue fighting for conservatism. I'm gonna keep fighting to get where I think this country needs to be," said Bergquam.
Berquam has a second child on the way. He says out of town political rally's are now on hold until after the baby arrives.