About 100 supporters of President Trump gathered in Centennial Plaza in front of Pasadena City Hall Sunday for a “Stop the Steal” rally after noisily caravaning through Old Pasadena in about 40 cars and trucks adorned with signs and large flags.
Numerous demonstrators at the event said that they felt that the election was “stolen” from Trump and that instances of voter fraud took place during the election, although none cited evidence for such claims.
Event organizer and former 27th District Congressional candidate Johnny Nalbandian, who lost to incumbent Democrat Judy Chu, 71% to 28 % percent, said that he would not concede the election and urged President Trump to do the same.
Nalbandian also said that Trump would be making a “bombshell” announcement on Monday regarding the election.
One supporter, a Pasadena resident who asked to be identified only as “Sharon,” said that she was at the event to support the cause, and explained that “Stop the Steal” referred to ‘stealing the election.”
“I believe that it is not the media’s job to call the winner,” she continued. “It is the Secretary of state, or whichever (local) official, who has to call the election. I believe that it was a presumptuous call, and that it was too early to call.”
Sharon also said “I don’t know how hundreds of thousands of votes ‘magically appeared,’ and we believe that the election is being stolen.”
Nalbandian also said that he would be forming a “coalition” of losing candidates throughout California to take some type of legal action against elections, and has asked for an audit in his own congressional race.