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Pro-Trump rally draws 2,000 marchers, some protesters and a fight
| OC Register
“HUNTINGTON BEACH – A “Make America Great Again” march in support of President Trump drew about 2,000 people to Bolsa Chica State Beach, including protesters.
At one point, a fight broke out and a protester pepper sprayed several marchers, including the organizer. Three people were arrested.
Earlier in the day, march organizers said they were hoping for peace.
“I’m not just here in support of Trump, but our vets, military, police officers and emergency responders,” said Darlene Savord of Tustin, one of the organizers.
The march, one of several around the nation, drew about 2,000 people, according to Bolsa Chica State Park officials. The event, a sea of American flags and the red MAGA hats popular in Trump’s campaign, was billed as kid-friendly and family-oriented.
But it was held at a time when strong disagreements have led to confrontations between Trump supporters and detractors.
Eric Sewell, who supports Trump, said he was more interested in having a dialogue than a heated dispute.
“I wanted to come here to talk, not to have fights on the street,” Sewell said. “Not everyone on the right is a hater.”
Some of the protesters wore black masks to avoid being identified on social media. But Christian Cole of Irvine removed his mask to talk to Sewell.
“I came here to hold a sign, play some music and win some hearts,” Cole said. “Fighting was not on my mind.”
The march began at Warner Avenue and PCH, and extended along a two-mile stretch of the bike path.
At one point, about 10 protesters stood across the bike path, creating a human wall to stop the march. The marchers either pushed through or walked around them.
The clash was immediately documented on social media.
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John Beaman, a 54-year-old Trump supporter from Tustin, said he and other marchers were trying to peacefully proceed when things got ugly.
A masked protester pepper sprayed march organizer Jennifer Sterling. Soon after that, Beaman said, a crowd bearing American flags chased the protester into a parking lot. The protester jumped over a fence and was arrested.
“This is frustrating because we are trying to claim the higher ground here,” Beaman said.
Jordan Hoiberg from Newport Beach said the protester wielded the pepper spray in self defense.
“We were expecting it to be more peaceful,” said Hoiberg, a member of the Socialist Party USA, one of the protest organizers. “We were not about to start something when we are 10 people and they are a thousand. That would be suicidal.”
Capt. Kevin Pearsall of the California State Parks Police said three people were arrested on suspicion of illegal use of pepper spray. Two people suffered minor injuries, he said.”
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Harsh portrayal of hometown Congressman Devin Nunes riles neighbors and friends in Tulare California
| The Fresno Bee
“Nunes & Sons dairy north of Tulare, where embattled local congressman Devin Nunes learned the dairy business as a youth, is feeding and milking Jersey cows 24 hours a day.
Jersey cows produce more milk fat than other dairy breeds, making the milk worth more. But a detail like that is easy to lose sight of, and the image of cows with huge udders ready for milking makes it easy for the national media to portray the leader of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as, well, maybe not up to the task when the controversy involved alleged Russian attempts to disrupt an American presidential contest.
That’s a view that plain annoys farmer Brian Watte of Tulare. He grows cotton, alfalfa, black-eyed peas and pistachio trees, and has known Nunes well before he was elected to Congress more than 14 years ago.
“This B.S. that he milks cows from Podunk and shouldn’t be on the intelligence committee – c’mon,” Watte said. “It’s just a continuation of, I guess, Trump’s election. They need to get over it.”
In the agricultural community of Tulare, the Nunes family is known for working hard and speaking plainly, Watte said: “There’s no beating around the bush. They are straight ahead. What you see is what you get.”
Nunes, whose district has been safely Republican with a 43-33 percent voter registration advantage for the GOP over Democrats, lives in Tulare and often comes home to see his family.
The Nuneses live in a gated community named Presidential Estates, where a three-bedroom, three-bath home lists for $340,000.
Judy Medcalf, a retired piano teacher, is a neighbor who rejects the national media’s negative portrayal of the congressman.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” she said Friday as she and her husband, Robert, a retired pastor, exited through the entry gate to Presidential Estates. “Washington is a broken thing, and I think it’s more of the same. I think we need to get past all this stuff and work for the common good of America.”
Like other neighbors of Nunes, she complained about the protesters who two weeks ago occupied sidewalks outside the gated neighborhood and made a lot of noise using a bullhorn.
“I support the First Amendment,” she said. But “to come where a person lives. I don’t see the point of that.” Holding public office is a sacrifice, and Nunes’ children have the right to feel safe at their home, she said.
“Devin is a fine person. He’s a good father,” she said. “I see him out with his children.”
Carlos Holguin, 73, a semi-retired contractor who has done cement work for Nunes’ dairies and ran into Nunes on a trip to Washington, D.C., lives next to the gated community.
“I’m kind of a Nunes fan or whatever you want to call it,” he said. “He’s a person who stands behind what he says … Quite a few people around here like him.”
The negative criticism of Nunes is off-base, he said.
“People are talking without knowing anything,” he said. “Democrats are sticking with Democrats. They won’t open their ears.”
Nunes represents the 22nd Congressional District, which includes Tulare, Visalia, Clovis and part of Fresno. He always has had strong support from the region’s farmers and agricultural industry. Last year, he won re-election by capturing 68 percent of the vote.
But the headlines of this week have also riled local opponents.
A group called Together We Will Fresno said it is helping to identify and support a Democratic challenger to Nunes and is raising money to try to turn the red district blue.
“Nunes’ sophomoric and apparently partisan stunt today is further indication that he is out of his depth on the Intelligence Committee,” Michael D. Evans, chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Party, said earlier this week. “Nunes has now used a national platform to embarrass not only himself but also his Central Valley district.”
But even those in Tulare who didn’t vote for Nunes shy away from that kind of rhetoric.
Ramon Cervantes, 71, who lives in the neighborhood next to Nunes’ home, said he’s not a Republican, but “I would not insult him. I’ve been in the military. Even if I don’t like my first sergeant, I respect the rank.
“My advice to him is to look at the bigger picture,” he said. “He gets information, then he goes to Trump when he’s supposed to share it with the Democrats. All eyes are on this and you do something like that?”
Jim Dokken, 70, of Tulare, a retired farm equipment sales general manager, said Nunes made a mistake.
“I like the guy,” Dokken said. “In this instance, I think he made an error in judgment.”
Nunes apologized to fellow committee members for not telling them first about how communications of members of the Trump presidential transition team, and maybe Trump himself, may have been monitored by intelligence agencies.
Nunes may be the hometown congressman, but life goes on and not everyone is watching the nation’s capital and the congressman’s struggles.
Kelsey De La Garza, 28, is a graduate of Tulare Western High and employed as a waiter who voted for Hillary Clinton and didn’t cast a vote for Congress. He was taking a power walk Friday in Blain Park across the street from Nunes’ neighborhood.
“I’ve seen his name posted everywhere on Facebook,” he said. “Something about surveillance.”
Meanwhile, Donahue Green, who lives across the street from Presidential Estates, was washing his golf cart.
“I’m not into politics. I’m a retired pastor,” he said. “I just pray for him. That’s all I can do.”
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“They’re Like The Praetorian Guard” – Whistleblower Confirms NSA Targeted Congress, The Supreme Court, & Trump
NSA whistleblower William Binney told Tucker Carlson on Friday that the NSA is spying on “all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, both House and Senate, as well as the White House.”
Binney, who served the NSA for 30 years before blowing the whistle on domestic spying in 2001, told Tucker he firmly believes that Trump was spied on.
“They’re taking in fundamentally the entire fiber network inside the United States and collecting all that data and storing it, in a program they call Stellar Wind,” Binney said.
“That’s the domestic collection of data on US citizens, US citizens to other US citizens,” he said. “Everything we’re doing, phone calls, emails and then financial transactions, credit cards, things like that, all of it.”
“Inside NSA there are a set of people who are — and we got this from another NSA whistleblower who witnessed some of this — they’re inside there, they are targeting and looking at all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, both House and Senate, as well as the White House,” Binney said.
“And all this data is inside the NSA in a small group where they’re looking at it. The idea is to see what people in power over you are going to — what they think, what they think you should be doing or planning to do to you, your budget, or whatever so you can try to counteract before it actually happens,” he said.
“I mean, that’s just East German,” Tucker responded.”
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