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Pro-Trump supporters gather to face off anti-Trump demonstrators. (Brian Feinzimer for LAist)
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As the presidential election gets closer, Trump supporters and conservatives have found a warm embrace in the city of Beverly Hills. For weeks, pro-Trump resident Shiva Bagheri has been organizing a “Freedom Rally” at Beverly Gardens Park, which is home to the city’s iconic sign and reflecting pool.

Speaking to KPCC’s Josie Huang, Bagheri said that under Democratic control, California is turning into a “Third World country,” that wearing a mask is like wearing “a muzzle,” and that Americans’ best option to fight back is to form small militias.

"We have to do this pretty soon," Bagheri said. "I mean, seriously, I know that people are already gathering and they're making their own little militias — and that's in our Constitution."

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L.A. Protests: Protesters turned up outside post offices across Southern California and the rest of the country, bearing signs of support for the USPS. Crowds of conservatives and Trump supporters have turned Beverly Gardens Park – home of the iconic Beverly Hills sign and reflecting pool – into the site of a "Freedom Rally" event every Saturday since July.

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The Movies: In some areas of the country, audiences returned to theaters — where facemasks are mandatory — to see the Russell Crowe thriller, Unhinged.

Photo Of The Day

A pro-Trump float makes its way past the offices of the Beverly Hills Courier.

(Brian Feinzimer for LAist)

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