Hundreds of protesters gathered around Los Angeles late Tuesday night in response to Donald Trump’s first visit to California since taking office.
While Trump attended a fundraiser at Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Edward Glazer’s home, hundreds of people held a rally in Beverly Hills to oppose the president, The Los Angeles Times reported. Attendees carried signs and props to express their displeasure.
LGBT and immigrant groups attended the rally to speak out against the Trump administration, which has rolled back protections for both of those groups.
As Trump’s motorcade made its way up the freeway from the San Diego area to Los Angeles, at least one person flipped off the passing cars, The Los Angeles Times reported.
“I’m here to tell him he’s not welcome here,” another woman told the newspaper. “He’s a traitor.”
California has emerged as a fierce opponent of Trump’s policies, particularly on immigration. The Justice Department announced last week it is suing the state over three of its so-called sanctuary laws, which protect undocumented immigrants.
California lawmakers have been vocal critics of the administration’s decision, and have vowed to uphold the state’s laws.
Take a look:
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 14, 2018
MAKE. THIS. BREAK. TWITTER. 🔥🔥
A giant inflatable Trump holding a KKK sheet welcomes president in Beverly Hills. pic.twitter.com/0hCyfdZI3B
— Black Lives Matter (@usblm) March 14, 2018
In Beverly Hills, an anti-Trump protest has begun shortly after the president arrived in Los Angeles pic.twitter.com/zJw6Xb8ktT
— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) March 14, 2018
Hundreds lining up in the rain on Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills right now to protest Trump’s visit to this rich enclave. Getting a California welcome. pic.twitter.com/STqiywxibM
— Walter Dominguez (@WaltDLosAngeles) March 14, 2018
— Hans Gutknecht (@HansGutknecht) March 14, 2018
Trump is sneaking into California to hold a $35,000.00 per plate fund raiser at an "undisclosed location" in Beverly Hills.
Hmm, I wonder why the location is undisclosed?
Because they know Californians despise Trump & there would be thousands of protesters there? 🤔 #trumpInCA pic.twitter.com/VhUC8dZcgy
— StrictlyCovfefè 📻 (@christoq) March 13, 2018
Current scene at the Trump protest in Beverly Hills. pic.twitter.com/p8pk1blXdQ
— Los Angeles Magazine (@LAmag) March 14, 2018
The trip to California was Trump’s first as president and comes after the Trump administration intensified its feud with the state over immigration. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit last week in a Sacramento federal court that argues three California laws passed last year undermine federal immigration law.
California went heavily in Hillary Clinton’s favor — by more than 4 million votes — in the 2016 election.