Left-wing activists in California protested Republican Rep. Jeff Denham’s Q&A at a Modesto Latino Community Roundtable luncheon Tuesday.
Denham spoke to the Latino group about immigration, farming, and a variety of issues raised by the group.
Video of the protest posted by the Modesto Bee showed just less than a dozen protesters at times yelling competing messages and other times in unison chanting familiar leftist chants, such as “No Trump, No KKK, No fascist USA.” The report stated there were about 50 protesters, though it appeared far fewer were shown in the video.
One sign read, “Resist hate and racism” with the image of a fist, another read, “Vote Blue 2018,” and others focused on immigration and illegal aliens separated at the border.
Inside the event, Denham focused on immigration and water policy, according to the Bee. Event moderator Angelica Anguiano put to Denham that there were community members who felt he has not been available. He replied, “It’s a political time right now. I get it,” adding, “Protests don’t help people in my district. A conversation helps people in my district.” Denham said when he gets an invitation, he says, “Yes.”
The Republican legislator told the Latino roundtable group that immigration reform legislation will take both parties working together and that he would not give “false promises.” He pointed to legislation he authored to help give U.S. citizenship to foreign nationals who have served in the U.S. military.
Denham answered every question posed to him at the forum, according to the report. He responded to his recent comments to a reporter about a visit to an illegal alien minor detention facility where, he said, the children have access to clothing, schooling, and entertainment. Asked about sanctuary cities, Denham said the defiance sets a “bad precedent.”
Activist organizer Battista told the Bee she was satisfied with Tuesday’s protest turnout. She met with the editor of the Bee in June and encouraged members of the Modesto Progressive Democrats to head to the meetup with a group from the Bee.
Denham held a commanding lead in California’s June top two primary elections. He won 37.5 percent to the number two candidate, Democrat Josh Harder, who won 17 percent. The two Republican candidates in the primary pulled in a combined 52.1 percent support compared to the 47.9 percent combined pulled in by the six Democrats in the race.