Shouting “Donald Trump, you’re fired” and singing “Na-na-na-na, goodbye,” protesters signaled to Republican National Committee members meeting at the Hotel del Coronado that Democrats would flip Congress in 2018.
A crowd estimated by police at more than 150 marched down Ocean Boulevard and along the beach Thursday afternoon to voice opposition to GOP policies as the RNC’s Spring Meeting continued inside the storied hotel. The meeting continues through Friday.
A handful of RNC attendees and hotel employees and Coronado police officers watched from a distance as protesters carried signs and chanted on issues ranging from the House repeal of Obamacare to the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
But the Indivisible-led demonstration likely went unheard since the 168 committee members and their guests were attending a reception inside after a day of meetings.
On the beach outside the hotel, protesters formed the numbers 2018 to symbolize their future efforts to unseat congressional Republicans.
The group had hoped to take a group photo with a drone, but wasn’t allowed to fly it due to the proximity to North Island Naval Air Station.
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of North County was one of the targets of the protest because of his recent vote to repeal and replace Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, a fellow Republican, also drew the crowd’s ire. Hunter is being investigated for using campaign funds for personal use.
It wasn’t the first time anti-Republican protests rang outside the Hotel Del. In September 1970, demonstrators greeted President Richard Nixon while he held the first state dinner outside the White House.
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