The two tanned, middle-aged men on bicycles lazily cruised north on Newport Beach Boulevard, toward the bridge spanning the city’s main waterway.
Both stopped, then the man in the lead turned around to gawk at the massive crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump gathering on Via Lido.
“Dude!” the first yelled. “He’s coming right there.”
“No way!” the other said.
As it has numerous times over the last four years, amid protests and political rallies, Orange County’s beach culture collided with presidential politics on Sunday.
President Donald Trump’s visit to Newport Beach’s Lido Isle for a fundraiser drew three different groups in large numbers to the usually packed shopping district with serene harbor views.
Hundreds of supporters of the president mixed with a similar number of protesters waving Armenian flags all along Via Lido. Another smaller group of supporters of former vice president Joe Biden gathered on the Newport Boulevard bridge. And around,…