Sep 16, 2020
1,500 Protesters, Supporters Expected As President Donald Trump Participates In Philadelphia Town Hall
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — President Donald Trump is in Philadelphia. He arrived aboard Air Force One at Philadelphia International Airport around 4:40 p.m.
He is making his way to the National Constitution Center for a town hall event with undecided voters. It’s all part of the campaign 2020 and the battle for Pennsylvania.Election Day is just 49 days away.
Protesters and supporters of the president gathered at Independence Mall ahead of the town hall.
A thick perimeter of security is in place as 1,500 protestors and demonstrators were expected along the area of Independence Mall.
Philadelphia police sources say there have no incidents to speak of so far.
Earlier, President Trump told reporters he was looking forward to the trip, adding the economic world is doing “unbelievably well.”
Mayor Jim Kenney was asked earlier today in a virtual briefing about the presidential visit.
“It’s certainly not something we were looking forward to doing, considering all that we’ve been through in the last number of months but presidents come to cities based on lots of reasons,” Kenney said. “The other thing that’s a little frustrating is it costs us a lot of money and we’re not reimbursed for it and it does have to reorder our police presence in areas where normally they wouldn’t be as heavily needed.”
The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management is activating the city’s Emergency Operations Center in support of public safety during the President’s visit and protests related to the visit.
Several street closures will also be in effect Tuesday.
Market Street to Vine Street and 4th Street to 9th Street will be closed for vehicles beginning around 1 p.m. The road closures will be lifted once the President leaves the National Constitution Center.
SEPTA is also making changes to some transit lines while President Trump is in town.
The Market-Frankford Line will bypass the 5th Street Station from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Passengers can board the Market-Frankford Line at 2nd and 8th Street Stations.
Signs will be posted at the station gates to alert passengers where to board.
SEPTA says several bus routes will also be affected beginning around noon. The impacted bus routes include the 17, 33, 44, 47, and 61.
CBS3’s Joe Holden contributed to this report.
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Cardi B, Sister Hennessy Carolina Sued By Beachgoers She Called Racist MAGA Supporters
A group of beachgoers who happened to cross paths with Cardi B and, for their efforts, got called “racist MAGA supporters,” has sued the pop singer, TMZ reported. Also named in the lawsuit are her sister, Hennessy Carolina, and Hennessey’s girlfriend, Michelle Diaz.
Back in early September, Peter Caliendo, Pauline Caliendo and Manuel Alarcon were enjoying a day at New York’s Smith Point Beach. What happened next is a matter of dispute, but at some point they got into a verbal altercation with three women: Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar; Cardi’s sister Hennssey Carolina [Almanzar], and Diaz.
According to Cardi’s version of events, which she recorded on audio and then later tweeted, the group harassed the three friends because of their ethnicities and sexual orientations. In one of the audio clips, Cardi explains that someone in the group told them to go back to their country.
The audio contained in the tweet, and its caption, contain explicit language.
“Nooooo that big pink man was harassing my sister girlfriend to move her car for no reason and then my sister came there had a back and forth and they stood quit when she Wip that phone out. They was harassing 2 Women! Ya going to catch the right f*ckin one!,” she tweeted.John Lamparski / Getty Images
Hennessey’s version of events roughly squares with Cardi’s — that they were targeted because they were mixed-race and that two of them were a gay couple.
As News12 Long Island reported, the beachgoers’ attorney, John Ray, said that his clients were simply enjoying their day when Cardi and her crew took exception to one of them wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat, which has become a symbol of support for the Trump administration.
“These peaceful Suffolk County residents were quietly enjoying a Sunday at the Smith Point beach with their families, when… Hennessy Carolina suddenly approached them, raging, spitting, insulting, assaulting, defaming and threatening them, all the while videotaping them, because one of them wore a MAGA hat,” he said.
He went on to claim that the three women deceptively edited their footage of the incident to paint the plaintiffs as racists. He further claims that threats have been made against them and their families, and that they live in fear now.
They are seeking “substantial” damages, the attorney said, although he did not provide specifics.
Cardi B has not responded to requests for comment.
This is not the first time the Brooklyn rapper has been sued. As The Blast reported in June 2019, a blogger claimed that Cardi lied about her on social media and that, as a result, she received threats from Cardi’s fans.