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."
Los Angeles welcomed President Trump with a light rain, along with a smattering of protesters who extended middle fingers in the air. The president, beginning the second portion of a jampacked day, held a large black umbrella as he walked down the steps of Air Force One at LAX. He flew via helicopter to Santa Monica.