BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Thousands gathered in Beverly Hills on Nov. 7 as part of a car rally to raise awareness for the “Stop the Steal” movement, which voices concern over the vote counting process in the 2020 election.
They were adorned with flags supporting President Donald Trump and signs calling for a “recount,” referring to pending litigation brought by the Trump campaign in several battleground states.
Cars driving by the Trump caravan honked, some drivers reaching out the window with a thumbs up, others with a different finger raised in derision.
When the caravan arrived at Beverly Hills Garden Park, the protest was mostly peaceful, though a few contentious verbal exchanges erupted between supporters of Trump and those of Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Trump supporters chanted “Tell the truth” and “Cheaters” when cars drove by the park waving flags supporting Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California.
Several Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) officers were present until the protest concluded at 6:45 p.m. Protesters in pick-up trucks with U.S. flags and Trump 2020 flags drove up and down Santa Monica Boulevard, honking and chanting “Four more years.”
Trump supporters at the protest felt the media shouldn’t call the race until all the ballots are tallied.
The Epoch Times will not declare a winner in the presidential race until all results are certified and any legal challenges are resolved.
“I don’t know how they can do that, because there’s legal battles that have been mounted on, there are a lot of difficult discrepancies tabulated, and there’s a lot of recounts going on to do that legally. So it’s a false narrative,” Karen, who declined to give her last name, told The Epoch Times.
Carissa Pinkston, a former international model, held a sign that read “Projected does not mean elected, ask questions.”
“This morning I woke up to Kamala congratulating Joe on his presidency, and I said, ‘Hold up, wait a minute, I have to come out here and tell these people it’s projected, but it doesn’t mean that he’s in office,’” Pinkston told The Epoch Times.
She said she is biracial and “all for a black woman like Kamala being in office.”
“But I just think that Donald Trump’s policies are way better. He deserves it,” she said.
She likes Trump’s opportunity zones, defined by the IRS as “an economically distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.”
She also likes Trump’s criminal justice reform, such as the First Steps Act, which he signed into law with bipartisan support. The act made it easier for prisoners to be released on good behavior and also decreased disparities in sentencing for drug crimes that contribute to higher incarceration rates for black communities.
Dave, an engineer and Nigerian-American Trump supporter, said he’s worried about the possible violence that could ensue if the pending litigation sways in Trump’s favor, permitting his reelection.
“They’re going to go crazy. They’re celebrating right now, because the mainstream media put out news that Biden is the president-elect, but when things go to court and the truth starts coming out, and everything gets overturned, they’re going to go crazy,” Dave told The Epoch Times.
He said that it has been left-wing activists who have been violent, not Republicans. “We haven’t broken into any stores, we haven’t looted anywhere—that just shows we’re the peaceful ones,” he said.
Audrey Cannon, a teacher of American history for more than 50 years, told The Epoch Times she felt that “what the Democrats are doing is unconstitutional.”
“Joe Biden has no legal standing as the presumptive president, nothing has been certified for him, this is all the manipulation of the mainstream media and all of the dark forces that are operating against Trump for the last four years,” Cannon said.
All of the protesters The Epoch Times interviewed said they would accept the election results once courts ensure the process was fair.