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Conservatives protest US Congressman Adam Schiff's book-signing event in Napa.local news

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U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff appeared at Copperfield’s book in downtown Napa on Friday to promote his 2021 memoir midnight in Washington. He encountered a crowd of about 40 protesters and anti-protesters gathered outside the store, but the event went off without a hitch.

As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff has made headlines in recent years by leading the first impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

Many of those protesting the event showed signs of defaming Schiff. Many called him a liar. Other protesters hoisted various versions of the American flag or flags promoting Trump.

Napa resident Jean Myers said she was protesting Schiff against the country’s current Democratic leadership. She talked about rising gas and house prices, and said people can’t afford to pay taxes on a small portion of the cost of housing and gas because of the rising cost of living. Because he votes Democrat, he said Republicans form a minority in Napa, making it difficult for them to be heard.

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Mary Shaw, another Napa resident protesting Schiff, cited the outright debunking of allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election as one of the reasons she protested. did.

Lisa Seran, co-founder of Indivisible Napa (a progressive movement of Napa County activists), said most of the protesters attended the event to meet Schiff, before knowing Napa conservatives would protest. He said he was going to get his book signed. She added that protesters could be there in response to several protests at the conservative Catholic Napa Institute conference late last month.

Copperfield store manager Mikayla Norwick said store employees were prepared for some response, but didn’t expect such a strong response. Store employees did nothing to establish a police presence, but as the protests grew, two Napa police officers showed up, she said.

Schiff made his way through crowds of protesters and protesters and entered the store around 2:00 p.m. When he got inside, he was easily heckled by protesters.

Entering the store, Schiff recounted his experience trying to escape the Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 riots. In the riots, a mob of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol building after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election. When the insurgents banged on the door and broke the glass to get inside, he said, some Republicans told him he shouldn’t be allowed to see them. The first impulse was “little touched” by their consideration, but the second impulse was that the riots wouldn’t have been an issue if they hadn’t lied about the election in the first place.

“Now that this country has seen the terrible end that Trump and Trumpism have brought to us in the days that have followed, surely now they deny everything he stood for and the big lies that led to the violence that day. I was pretty sure it would. Sadly, it hasn’t happened,” Schiff said. “They run around the country with that big lie. We’re ushering in another generation of Jim Crow laws that make it harder for voters to vote.”

When people gathered to sign the book, Serang praised Schiff’s speech and called him “one of our heroes” for his efforts.

“Sadly, this is not a finished job,” Serang said. “That’s why we’re still writing cards and making phone calls to make sure democracy is preserved.”

You can reach Edward Booth at 707-256-2213.