A group of police officers stood watch in Santa Monica on Tuesday afternoon as a handful of protesters, many of them retirees, patiently waited for the president’s motorcade to pass.
Soon after 2:15 p.m. three military helicopters flew overhead toward Santa Monica airport, followed by two more that protesters believed President Trump was flying in, prompting them to hold their protest signs in the air.
Dianne Corriere, 68, stood near the curb of Sunset Park Way and Centinela Avenue holding a sign that read “Impeach Trump.” Nearby, another large sign reading “Trump is a turd” had been plastered on the side of a restaurant.
Hundreds of officers from the San Diego Police Department and California Highway Patrol along with San Diego County sheriff’s deputies blocked either side of the street in the Otay Mesa neighborhood Tuesday, holding batons and separating President Trump’s supporters from his opponents.
Law enforcement outnumbered protesters as Trump’s motorcade drove by. Some people greeted the president with middle fingers, while others shouted, “Keep America great!”
“God bless you, Donald Trump,” one supporter said. “Thank you for coming.”
A fundraiser President Trump is headlining Tuesday night will take place at the Beverly Park mansion of Shari and Edward Glazer, co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source familiar with security arrangements for the event.
Donors are contributing up to $250,000 each to attend the dinner, with the funds benefiting Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and various Republican National Committee accounts. The fundraising goal for the event is $5 million.
Glazer, 48, is the son of the late billionaire Malcolm Glazer. In addition to the Bucs, his family owns the Manchester United soccer team. Glazer is also president of First Allied Corp., the family’s real estate company.
President Trump seemed to confirm Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent complaint that the president is “going to war against” the state, telling reporters during his first visit that Brown is “doing a terrible job.”
“Gov. Brown’s done a very poor job running California,” Trump said while inspecting border wall prototypes in San Diego. “They have the highest taxes in the United States. The place is totally out of control.”
He noted that he owns property in the state. "The taxes are way, way out of whack and people are going to start to move pretty soon."
Trump opponents cheered for immigrants as they entered the country through San Ysidro.
At a rally near Las Americas Premium Outlets, a few dozen protesters gathered on a street corner Tuesday in opposition to President Trump’s visit to California.
Judith Castro, 27, took the day off work as a teacher aide to protest Trump. Castro said she captured video last week of Border Patrol agents arresting a mother in front of her daughters in National City.
Born and raised in San Diego, Castro said her parents were deported in 2006 and 2007 and now live in Tijuana. She doesn’t want a bigger wall separating them.