Friday, September 17, 2021

Partisan divisions on display near Long Beach City College before Biden, Newsom event

Long Beach City College’s liberal arts campus was devoid of students and teachers on Monday afternoon, September 13, and evening.

Police barricades surrounded the school and closed some residential roads in the vicinity.

Still, as President Joe Biden and Governor Gavin Newsom took to the stage at City College in a final campaign push to protest the recall efforts, the mood was anything but calm.

Rather, it was a chaotic microcosm of partisan tensions affecting the country and California in particular, nearly 10 months after a controversial presidential election and on the eve of a recalled election whose supporters are trying to oust Newsom. .

Hundreds of people rallied at the corner of Clark Avenue and Carson Street – the two streets surrounding the campus – in all but a small pocket of which Biden and Newsom were critical.

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He had signs supporting the recall. They circled the area in recalled flags and other politically charged vehicles, with drivers honking their horns in solidarity with the crowd.

“We have a corrupt governor and an even more corrupt president,” said Sheila Wong, a resident who lives a few blocks away from campus. “We are here to show that our governor needs to go.”

Much of the rationale behind the effort to throw Newsom out of office has been about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to massive business closures and churches unable to hold services for months.

Meanwhile, Biden has recently been criticized over a range of issues, including vaccinating federal activists and the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which ended America’s longest war – but the airport in that country’s capital, Kabul. 13 service members were killed during the attacks.

In fact, a large number of posters were embellished with the number 13, in reference to those service members.

And, of course, a lot of the chatter during the protests centered around the false idea that former President Donald Trump lost last year’s presidential election due to voter fraud.

However, not everyone who gathered outside Long Beach City College was there to protest.

Biden’s convoy arrived on campus just after 6:30 p.m., and a line of families waited near the entrance to welcome the president.

Meanwhile, a few blocks away, a small group gathered to support the president and governor – and oppose the recall.

One of them, Nicolas Maldonado, won’t really be called anything in Tuesday’s memory. After all, she is from Florida.

But his attendance at Long Beach City College — after flying from the Sunshine State — underscored the national implications surrounding the recall.

“We need love right now,” Maldonado said. “And while Biden is not perfect, he is a president for the people.”

Meanwhile, police officers maintained a cordon between the two groups as tensions began to rise near the start of the Newsom-Biden rally.

However, not everyone near City College was a part of the scene. Rather, he saw it when asked.

For example, Norma Norris said the large gathering just a block from her home posed a security risk.

“They’re standing in the street,” she said, “and parking across our block.”

But there was nothing she could do about it:

America’s election turmoil had erupted on Long Beach.

White House Pool Report contributed to this report.

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