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Community gathers in protest of President Donald Trump's Bakersfield visit

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 16:39:40-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The president is making his way to Bakersfield and thousands of community members have gathered to cheer and witness POTUS touch down at Meadows Field. But on another side of town, some community members have gathered in protest of the president's visit.

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Several community groups including the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the Kern County Democrats organized an event for those in the community to speak out about the president's visit. The event is taking place in front of the Cesar Chavez mural in Downtown Bakersfield.
Those in attendance at the event told 23ABC they felt President Trump does not support the migrant community or the lower income in Bakersfield. They argued that the president is spending more time with farmers than farmworkers.

Organizers of the event said it is not meant to be a place of hatred but is an open-mic for those wanting to share a difference of opinions.

Attendees said they want to see the president spend more time in the lower socioeconomic communities to bring about change and hear what they need. They said without farmworkers, Kern County wouldn’t be what it is and they make the farming industry go round.