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Cheers and jeers: San Diegans hold State of the Union watch parties

Posted at 5:47 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 22:20:54-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego Democrats and Republicans gathered around screens Tuesday for President Trump's State of the Union address.

In Barrio Logan, Democrats gathered for a "sandal throwing party," throwing sandals at a wall the speech is projected on when they heard something they didn't like.

The act was meant to be a comedic way to express frustrations. Guests were encouraged to throw sandals or shoes.

"We deal with so much tension in our community," Pedro Rios, director of American Friends Service Committee, says. "We deal with a lot of serious issues so this gives us an opportunity just to release and have an opportunity afterwards to have a discussion about what were the issues that they heard and how the attendees can continue to participate in their communities in positive ways."

In the North County, residents gathered in Rancho Bernardo in support of President Trump and his address.

Gatherers planned to discuss how to rally Republican Party members, especially after Assemblyman Brian Maienschein of the 77th District recently decided to leave the Republican Party and become a Democrat.

"We do have the 2020 election coming up and we want to keep everyone rallied and ready to go," said Jordan Gascon, of the Republican Party of San Diego. "Right here, we just lost a Republican so we need to get everyone fire up locally."