A few hundred protesters assembled outside the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel on Tuesday night as they awaited the expected arrival of President Trump, who attended a fundraiser in Beverly Park earlier in the evening.
Chants of “Not my president, not my system” echoed down the block as curious bystanders stood nearby.
The lobby of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel sits on the 70th floor of the Wilshire Grand building. Its floor-to-ceiling windows provide a clear view all the way to the ocean, and by 6:30 p.m. it was really starting to fill up with guests.
Earlier in the day, it felt as if the 73-story hotel was in the middle of a cloud. As the sun broke through, Paul Saxton moved closer to the window to get a good shot of the angelic sunset and the Hollywood sign.
“When I saw this view, I was like, oh, my God!” said Saxton, a retired New Yorker who used to work near Trump Tower. He said he was in town with his wife, who is managing a conference taking place in the hotel.
Police are shutting down Mulholland in anticipation of the presidential motorcade moving. These officers are from San Pedro, including one who is practically my neighbor in Long Beach. pic.twitter.com/ynfXgGRabD
President Trump has left the Beverly Park mansion of Shari and Edward Glazer after spending several hours talking to Republican donors.
The Glazer residence — a brick home painted tan with a slate-colored roof — sits at the end of a cul-de-sac. Beverly Park is a gated community east of the Beverly Glen neighborhood. Current and former residents include media magnates Sumner Redstone and Haim Saban and celebrities Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone, Gene Simmons and Rod Stewart. The community is part of Los Angeles but carries Beverly Hills’ 90210 ZIP Code.
Donors who paid a minimum of $35,000 and up to $250,000 per ticket arrived at a staging area down the hill from the house in the early evening. They were brought up to the fundraiser in golf carts, passing a row of magnolia trees along the way. Edward Glazer is co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For the hundreds gathered in Beverly Hills on Tuesday afternoon, the demonstration against President Trump resembled a festival more than a protest. Street vendors sold hot dogs, a live band played music and a stage was set up for speakers.
The event at Beverly Gardens Park brought a wide array of activists, including LGBTQ and immigrant right groups. Some protesters took advantage of the mud-covered areas in the park that formed after the rain to write “Dump Trump” on the ground.
Tourists on a red double-decker bus snarled in traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard snapped photos of protesters as music blared in the background.
What creates more traffic in Los Angeles: light rain or a visit from the president?
The two combined gave drivers something to grumble about late Tuesday.
Raining hard now - more people out of their cars with umbrellas, confused and trying to get through. One woman says she’s trying to pick up her kids from school. Trump expected soon, Mulholland still closed pic.twitter.com/D9cQcE5dSz
Shortly after President Trump touched down at Los Angeles International Airport, traffic came to a standstill in several parts of the city. As Trump’s motorcade drove from Los Angeles to the Beverly Hills area for a fundraiser, drivers and stalled observers shared views of their rainy rides on social media.
It hasn’t been confirmed where President Trump will spend the night after he attends a Beverly Park fundraiser Tuesday night. But across the street from the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel in the Wilshire Grand — where building officials sent an email to tenants last week announcing a high-profile visitor — a family of Trump supporters stood in the rain waiting for his arrival.
President Trump has arrived at a private home in Beverly Park for a $35,000-minimum dinner to raise money for his reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee. The event is expected to last several hours and raise $5 million from the expected 90 attendees.
As Trump's motorcade drove along Mulholland Drive, a police officer stood in nearly every driveway until the cars entered a gated community.
A sign on the street outside the fundraiser read: "Absolutely no cell phones."
Signs held by onlookers that Trump's motorcade passed while leaving Santa Monica: "Boo"; "Trump is a Turd" and "Kindness."