Trump supporters, protesters hold rallies across San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of people showed up to rallies both for and against President Donald Trump Saturday in Ocean Beach and San Diego.

Between 400 and 500 people attended a “Spirit of America” rally at Embarcadero Marina Park South, according to volunteer Amy Sutton, who organized the event as part of a series of nationwide pro-Trump rallies held Saturday.

Those speaking in favor of Trump included Brett Winterble, a KFMB radio host; Gina Loudon, TV personality, writer and speaker; and Patti Siegmann, president of Oceanside Republican Women Federated.

Sutton said anti-Trump protesters — whom she described as “rioters” — were also at the rally, but didn’t really disrupt it. “They just kind of gave up and left,” Sutton said.

She added there was heavy security at the scene, including San Diego police officers.

The San Diego Police Department said there were no reported arrests.

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Anti-Trump protesters gathered Saturday in Ocean Beach, standing in patterns to spell this message on the sand. (Credit: Caleb Serban Lawler)

Meanwhile, about 400 people took part in “March4Impeachment” in Ocean Beach, a participant there said. At the Ocean Beach pier, participants opposed to the president spelled out the word “impeach.”

Volunteers at the event, sponsored by Indivisible San Diego and the OB Rag, also registered voters and helped out with a beach clean-up, said Frank Gormlie, editor of the OB Rag.

Earlier, 200 people spelled out the word “Resist” at the nearby dog beach. Gormlie said the event was peaceful and friendly.

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