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Trump Pop Ups; What You Need to Know

On my drive home this week from the office, I noticed two Trump pop-ups on Irvine Blvd in Tustin; they are selling Trump flags, shirts and #MAGA hats.  As my business is based in Tustin and I pay a business license fee to operate, I made a couple of calls.

  1.  There’s a state law that allows for pop up stores of this type.  And they did try and apply for a business license, but that part of city operations is shut down temporarily due to COVID19.
  2. As long as they are not blocking the sidewalk, these stores are treated like a picket line or a protest.  The police won’t shut them down unless the stories or traffic creates obstacles. This also doesn’t prevent a Biden store from opening right next to them or for those who don’t like the president to protest next to the pop-ups.
  3. The people selling the Trump gear don’t necessarily support the president; it’s a job at a time when the President’s response to COVID19 has cost 40 million Americans jobs and with the economy at an 11% unemployment rate.  Don’t hassle the workers; if you must, hassle any customers.  And in three days of drive-bys, I saw only one person looking at the merchandise.  And no one at the booth was wearing a mask.  Mask It or Casket, I say.
  4. Tustin Mayor Pro-Tem Letitia Clark is working on a plan to keep pop ups like this away from busy intersections where traffic might get snarled.  She’s also concerned about the possibility of some physical altercation between Democrats and Republicans over this.  If you’re at one of these sites and you feel things are getting out of hand, call the police and start recording.

I stopped to snap some shots and was pleased to see two women holding up homemade Biden signs.  And there were about 25 yards away from the pop up and getting lots of honks from the traffic making its way East on Irvine Blvd.  Well done ladies.

So, if you see a pop up in your community you can call the police if they are blocking the sidewalk or creating a traffic hazard.  If near a shopping area, alert the property manager so they can prevent parking in their commercial area so customers can buy their MAGA crap.

Or, contact the Biden campaign about opening your own Biden pop up and follow the same rules.



  1. Jack Schizzler Jack Schizzler July 10, 2020

    Go Trump 2020!

  2. Karen Lawson Karen Lawson July 10, 2020

    Pop-up in Yorba Linda as well. Ughhhhhh.

  3. April April July 10, 2020

    Appreciate this story! BYEDON2020

  4. Margaret Margaret July 10, 2020

    Its such an eyesore..

  5. Mike Tardif Mike Tardif July 11, 2020

    “.. hassle any (Trump) customers.” What do you mean by that? To “hassle” could involve assault. You could be encouraging assault on Trump supporters.

  6. Judy Judy July 11, 2020

    Thanks for the info…..leave them be. Put our energy to the things that matter like getting people registered and voting. Explaining they need not vote on every issue on the ballot. Start teaching people about how to vote for judges!

  7. Terry Kay Terry Kay July 11, 2020

    There’s a pop-up in Rancho Santa Margarita as well; currently on Santa Margarita Pkwy at Lowes/Wendy’s entrance. Last week, protesters were on the opposite side of the driveway; I waved and gave thumbs up to them.

    • David Bee David Bee August 16, 2020

      I’ve been driving past this one up to four times every day, and have yet to see a single person there other than the poor schmuck deigning to sell those cheap, Chinese made trump tchotchkes. Hope he’s not being paid on a commission only basis.

  8. Jane Doe Jane Doe July 11, 2020

    This is brilliant – tangible, in-real-life propaganda. Why are wealthy republican extremists so GOOD at propaganda?
    Imagine all the people passing by… thinking:
    “Wow I was beginning to think I was outnumbered by non-trumpers and maybe I should question my beliefs…but now it’s clear there’s tons of support, so no need to question my values – THEY’re wrong”…
    “Wow, just when I thought we were gaining support and our anti-trump movement was getting ahead of them, just look how many booths there are selling his stuff – they MUST be popular… shoot, I give up.”
    The booths are EVERYWHERE. The ads on Craigslist for workers are quite plentiful…

    • Jane Doe Jane Doe July 11, 2020

      Also – they’re not generating any sales. That’s a lot of spending during a pandemic, setting up hundreds of booths, for products no one wants – hiring hundreds of people (see craigslist “maga stands”) to sit in the heat. And they’re only locating theses stands in central/south OC, in a major left-right battleground where the communities voted OUT republicans in 2018… Someone is spending, BIG, to put these out there and they are not getting any kind of profit. It’s an RNC campaign donation. A very large one.

      • Joe Doe Joe Doe July 27, 2020

        Why isn’t the DNC doing the same? Surely they have money. FB ads of Biden aren’t enough…

  9. messybeast messybeast July 12, 2020

    Same pop-up in Villa Park at Santiago Blvd. in Ralph’s shopping center. 10-12 customers FRI and SAT. No one wearing masks

  10. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski July 13, 2020

    readers — please identify locations for Trump pop ups around the county so appropriate Democratic clubs can be made aware of their presence; leave a location/address here in the comments

    • Larry Saavedra Larry Saavedra July 27, 2020

      What clubs? Please tell us what clubs people can join, along with a contact, etc.

      • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | July 28, 2020

        The DPOC has a list of them

  11. Claudia Cherness Claudia Cherness July 13, 2020

    There’s a pop up on the corner of Camino Capistrano and Del Obispo in San Juan Capistrano. I called the city and complained. I talked to a very nice man named Ken and he was very sympathetic and said he hates them too. He also told me that his hands were tied and there was nothing they could do. I told him I have a megaphone and that I was going to stand next to them and yell Biden for President. We both laughed. I do like the idea of having people caring Biden signs around the pop ups.

    • Greg Greg July 16, 2020

      Okay karen.

  12. Claudia Cherness’s Claudia Cherness’s July 13, 2020

    Camino Capistrano and Del Obispo in San Juan Capistrano

  13. Jane Doe Jane Doe July 13, 2020

    I culled this off a discussion list, but I’m not completely aware of all the areas, so if there’s duplications…sorry. Also, I’m not sure if they’re staying in these locations. A couple/few were spotted last week vs. this week.

    Rancho by El Paseo and Santa Margarita
    Ladera by Crown valley and Antonio.

    17th street near Orange
    and /or Newport and 17th in Tustin
    front of Ralph’s on 17th st in Costa Mesa – (blocking sidewalk)
    one on 17th & one on Newport Blvd.- Costa Mesa

    Jamboree and Irvine Blvd
    outside Trader Joe’s on Irvine and Newport Blvd in Tustin

    by Sprouts in Mission Viejo

    Imperial Blvd. and Yorba Linda Blvd. outside the Mimi’s Cafe.

    • Ron Connal Ron Connal August 23, 2020

      … at the grassy knoll above Big Corona Beach in Corona del Mar … taking up tons of space for people to sit and enjoy the breeze …

  14. Jane Doe Jane Doe July 13, 2020

    Again, culling these locations off a discussion list – not sure if this is sufficient but better than nothing…
    del Obispo and Camino Capistrano.
    Lakeview & YL Blvd in Yorba Linda
    Marguerite and Santa Margarita pkwy
    Yorba Linda Blvd and Imperial Hwy (last weekend)
    In front of the old gun store in Costa Mesa ?
    There have been a couple on Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo
    Crown Valley and Golden Lantern but it’s never manned.
    Santa Margarita Pkwy in TJ Max shopping center next to McDonalds

    O.C. Sheriff for this one (located at 17th Street and Newport AVENUE in unincorporated Santa Ana) and the sheriff informed us that a permit is not required for street vendors in unincorporated parts of the city.

    • R. H. R. H. July 16, 2020

      Grant Boys (vacant) parking lot on 18th St. and Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa. They were previously on 17th Street in the Panera/Staples parking lot, but complaints were made and they’ve now found this new location.

      Stater Brothers parking lot on the corner of 23rd and Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa.

    • Mary Jeff Mary Jeff August 1, 2020

      Awesome! Thanks for letting us know where to go buy merchandise. Passing this on for others to go purchase & support.
      2020 slamdunk.

  15. RM RM July 24, 2020

    1916 W. Chapman ave., Orange-Very large popup

  16. Todd D Todd D July 31, 2020

    Corners of La Paz and Aliso Creek, and La Paz and Avila, Laguna Niguel

  17. Doug Vassar Doug Vassar August 3, 2020

    Nobody cares about Biden. Thats why there are no tents. But if there were, I bet you a million dollars, you would be left alone. You liberals are crazy nut jobs. Get a life

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | August 3, 2020

      I’d take the bet; a bunch of us are looking for the Biden pop ups to buy shirts and hats and swag

  18. LeavetheDemocratPlantation LeavetheDemocratPlantation August 3, 2020

    Why would you hassle people who vote for Trump? I highly doubt Republicans would hassle you if were the other way around. This anti-American hypocrisy is why a lot of Democrats are leaving the party in droves. A word of advice, assume everything you consume as news has an agenda, and watch/listen to actual sources instead of cherry-picked segments. I did this when I realized the mainstream media was being overtly biased. lo and behold they are owned by 6 major corporations who have much to lose should trump win. #walkaway, facts not feelings!

  19. Trumpinator Always Wins Trumpinator Always Wins August 6, 2020

    It’s a brilliant move by the Trump campaign. It’s a great way to raise money without someone having to contribute online with a credit card. It’s also a great way for the campaign to monitor support in California. And I have seen people, including myself, buying stuff at both of the booths I have been to. Trust me, you will not see any Biden pop-ups anywhere. They weren’t smart enough to conceive the idea, and it’s too late now to stock them with merchandise. That’s why you are encouraging people to “hassle” customers. Instead of promoting your own candidate, you are trying to denigrate someone else’s candidate.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | August 6, 2020

      There are Biden booths in other parts of Tustin. Its easy to denigrate Trump — I don’t have three hours to list every reason why

  20. Trump Trump August 8, 2020

    Saw your blog, then decided to go out and buy a few hats from them! Thanks for the heads up! Trump 2020!

  21. Suzanne Green Suzanne Green August 10, 2020

    There is one on Placentia ave near Bastanchury in the city of Placentia. My friend found out she had stage 3 breast cancer and was out protesting this pop up cancer in our neighborhood that very same day – go Keri!!! Also one on imperial near Rose in Yorba Linda. I have seen way too many in this area! More crass commercialism from the crassest, greediest of all! President for sale, to the highest bidder, foreign autocrats given special deals!!!

  22. Oc lady Oc lady August 14, 2020

    Please proof read. Your grammar makes you sound like a uneducated conservative. Make us liberals proud…
    ” And there were about 25 years away from the pop up and getting lots of honks from the traffic making its way East on Irvine Blvd. ”

  23. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski August 14, 2020

    Everyone needs an editor. Fixed it. Thank you

  24. Nicole Adams Nicole Adams August 17, 2020

    No money goes to the Trump campaign. Booths run by Calvin Brown and ASS. None of the merchandise is made in USA, manufactured in China and India. Anyone who served in Military knows changing the US flag is disrespectful to our country.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | August 21, 2020

      Bangaldesh actually

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