Trump Supporters Gather Waving MAGA Flags on California Highway Overpass
Dozens of Trump supporters gathered on the El Curtola Bridge in Lafayette
Supporters of President Donald Trump have been gathering twice a week on California Highway 24’s overpass to show support, even after the election.
Dozens of Trump supporters gathered on the El Curtola Bridge in Lafayette, waving flags, holding signs, honking bullhorns, and playing music.
The supporters have been meeting on the bridge since before the election.
The crowd continues to meet on Monday and Friday afternoons.
Lafayette Police park nearby the demonstrators to monitor the MAGA supporters and have since arrested two people.
Some people are unenthused by the supporters’ rallying cries, however.
Residents claim the demonstrations affect the safety of the drivers below the overpass.
The city council has requested the state, which owns the bridge, to take care of it despite the overpass being under the jurisdiction of the California Highway Patrol.
SanFransico CBS locals reported:
In a letter to be sent next week — assuming the council approves — Mayor Susan Candell asks both agencies to enforce “Streets Highways Code 720-734,” which states, among other things, “If any encroachment exists in, under or over any State highway, the department may require the removal of such encroachment in the manner provided in this article.”
The encroachment, in this case, are the signs protesters affix to the fence.
“No action has been taken to correct it, and the signs continue to be a distraction to the motorists,” Candell wrote.
“The events have also attracted counter-protesters at various times, and one occasion, a counter-protester grabbed a flagpole and threw it over the fencing to the highway below.”
“While the city of Lafayette recognizes and respects the First Amendment rights of all protesters, we are increasingly concerned about the safety of the motorists on the highway."
"We submit the attached resolution urging the California Department of Transportation and the California Highway Patrol to enforce the laws and regulations of the state of California.”
The city has also considered attaching slats to the fence to prevent the hanging of signs but determined at its last council meeting that slats were too dangerous, as the bottom of the fence extends over the freeway.
Caltrans says it removes any signs protesters leave.