A mostly maskless crowd with Trump and U.S. flags marched up and down North Harbor Drive in front of the County Administration Center on Wednesday, saying “Trump won!” and playing a YMCA parody song featuring the MAGA chant.
About 10 a.m., a group of roughly 150 demonstrators gathered outside the bayside center to protest the presidential election results, said sheriff’s Lt. Jim Emig.
Passing cars honked horns in support, but one woman in a southbound vehicle yelled “Biden won!”
Before 2 p.m., only a handful of police were present, with six officers standing on the North Harbor Drive median, instructing people to stay on one side of the street.
As of shortly before 2:30 p.m., the number of people at the event, which was proceeding peacefully, had grown to about 300, the lieutenant said.
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The white and mainly middle-aged crowd held signs saying “Trump or Death by China,” “Stop the Steal” and “Outlaw Ballot Counting Machines.” A man with a megaphone said demonstrators should return to the same spot Saturday.
A booth solicited signatures for the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom. A San Diego Sliders Co. food truck parked at the Waterfront Park event sold “mac-and-cheese sliders.”
Representatives of San Diego-area law enforcement agencies reported taking no special staffing or tactical measures Wednesday in response to violence in the nation’s capital, but were keeping a watchful eye on a demonstration outside the County Administration Center.
“There nothing for us to do in our city right now,” San Diego police spokesman Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said shortly after noon, adding that his agency was monitoring the situation in Washington, D.C., for any local ramifications.
There were no other reports of local demonstrations or law enforcement operations related to the unrest at the U.S. Capitol, where lawmakers were barricaded in their offices and other locations after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building as Congress prepared to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election.