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Viral Video Shows Anarchy at Far-Right Meetup Inside an LA-Area Denny’s

Two competing pro-Trump forces squared off in Culver City

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The Denny’s at Overland and Jefferson
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

A newly viral video is making the rounds on Twitter today, showing two different pro-Trump groups squaring off at a Los Angeles area Denny’s. The video, which appears to have been filmed back in September, highlights one group of supporters of President Trump — including California GOP congressional candidate Errol Webber, who is running in Culver City’s 37th district — meeting inside the restaurant, while a second group of Trump supporters shows up outside to picket. They mostly stand around in the parking lot yelling, even loudly hurling insults as the first group ultimately disbands and drives away.

The entire six-minute video, which was shot and then edited for dramatic effect by one Xavier Rotnofsky, is available to view on Vimeo (a note: It does contain some abusive, hateful, and offensive language). It shows a person named Harim Uzziel (who describes themselves as “The Hardcore American Patriot”), candidate Webber, and others gathered in a closed-off section of the restaurant to discuss all things Trump. Not long into the video, a separate group appears in the parking lot. They are also waiving pro-Trump flags but appear to be shouting in at the group inside Denny’s, and specifically calling out Uzziel to confront him. As the video unfolds, it seems that the groups have both personal and ideological differences within their support of President Trump. One man in the video describes the protesters outside as “alt-right radicals who side with neo Nazis.”

Eventually the scene swells and someone (it’s unclear who) calls the police in a likely attempt to keep the peace, while Denny’s staffers ask the original planned group inside to leave. On the way out, Uzziel is seen taunting the other group, as they in turn hurl insults at him.

The video, titled Sunday Afternoon at Denny’s, has been watched roughly 350,000 times on Twitter in less than one day, and has been passed around by a number of prominent users including Patton Oswalt. Eater reached out to the owner of the video Xavier Rotnofsky to discuss specifics of the day in question, which is believed to have taken place on Sunday, September 22 per a Facebook event page and a post on Yelp. So far, Rotnofsky has not replied back.

Of course, this is not the first time that a pro-Trump and far right meet up in Los Angeles has sparked controversy. Last summer Atwater Village bar the Griffin was forced to close for several days amidst fallout from a Proud Boys event at the bar. The Griffin eventually closed altogether, and new owners are planning a full rebrand.