An angry mob of many dozen Trump supporters gathered Monday outside the fences of Mather Airport, jeering President Joe Biden and repeating chants about the 2020 election during his first visit to California as president.
A total of 30 people — some of them children, most of them clad in red, white, and blue — hung Trump flags, “Recall Newsom” banners, and several other signs facing the tarmac on the northern side of the Sacramento-area airport, a former Air Force Base.
Much of the chatter among protesters centered around the fact that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Linda Martinez-Hanna, an activist from El Dorado Hills, shouted, “Get out of our president’s plane,” then called Biden a “fake president,” as Air Force One touched down just after 2 p.m.
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Demonstrators also expressed anger at Biden for his administration’s handling of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan last month. One of the signs read, “Biden lied, 13 died,” referring to the 13 U.S. service members killed in an Aug. 26 suicide bombing in Kabul, including Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, a 23-year-old Roseville native.
Others shared outrage about COVID-19 policies, including vaccination mandates. Biden last Thursday announced sweeping new mandates, including one which would require all employers with more than 100 employees to require proof of vaccination or weekly tests for workers. California Democrats are reportedly considering even stricter mandates.
“No mask, no vaccine, and no ventilator for me,” said Martinez-Hanna, who said she has already contracted and recovered from COVID-19.
“I hope he’s not so far away that he can’t see my sign!” LD Sutherland said, according to ABC 10. His sign said, “Biden Go Home,” and he was also holding a Recall Newsom flag.
“I think this is a very frightening time in our country, and we need to stop this agenda that’s happening and that’s with everything – the mandatory vaccinations and our open borders and what just happened in Afghanistan,” Sutherland said.
Another protester, Patti Swanson, said this was the first protest she ever participated in and was motivated to attend after 13 U.S. service members were killed in Kabul on Aug. 26 during the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“It’s a huge mistake. Afghanistan was a huge mistake, and he made it really bad,” Swanson said. “And the result was, 13 people, lost their lives.”
Another video showed protesters lining Biden’s route to Long Beach City College, where they booed the president ahead of him delivering a speech for Newsom’s campaign. Biden has been hit with fierce criticisms over his handling of Afghanistan, and also after he announced a sweeping vaccine mandate last week requiring employees of companies with more than 100 workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or go through weekly testing.