The group protests President Biden at Intel’s groundbreaking ceremony

Protesters lined Beech Road in New Albany as the presidential motorcade made its way to Intel Corporation’s groundbreaking ceremony on Friday morning.

About 40 people showed up for the informal protest, including several members of the Proud Boys. People displayed a mix of anti-Joe Biden and pro-Donald Trump flags and signs along Beech Road, North Ohio 161, from about 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. shortly after the passing of the Motorcade of President Joe Biden.

Proud Boys members, others, gather for anti-Biden protest along Beech Road

Elaine Pace of New Albany said she took to social media earlier in the week to see if others were interested in coming together. She was protesting Biden’s appearance at the event, adding that he was not responsible for Intel choosing Ohio as the headquarters for its $20 billion computer chip factory. His sign read “Joe, you didn’t build this!”

She said Congress passed the CHIPS Act, which provides $52.7 billion in aid to the semiconductor industry along with other incentives, and all Biden did was sign the bill. legislation in August. (The name of the legislation stands for Creating Useful Incentives for Semiconductor Production in America.)

Elaine Pace of New Albany said she didn't like Biden taking credit for building the Intel factory.

“It was Ohio. In fact, Governor (Mike) DeWine and his staff, Ohio Economic Development, worked with Intel,” Pace said. “They’re the ones who brought this out here. They deserve the credit.”

Pace said she was against Biden appearing at the event, but not against Intel developing. Still, she said she sympathized with those who were upset that farmland had been sold to make way for factories.

“I support what they are doing, but I see the need for jobs in Ohio,” she said. “It’s not going to be just Intel. There’s going to be thousands of companies that will be here all over this park. And it’s going to be jobs, jobs, jobs for Licking County, Franklin County, Knox County , County of Fairfield. , County of Muskingum.”

Passing motorists appeared to agree with the protesters as truckers and passenger vehicle drivers honked and waved throughout the two hours the group was outside.

Lisa Breedlove Chaffee, president of the Hilliard Area Republican Club, said she was attending the protest because “Biden and his administration are ruining this country” and wanted to let him know how she felt.

However, she said, she was grateful to Biden for signing the CHIPS Act, which allocated more than $52 billion in corporate grants for semiconductor research, design and manufacturing, and offers a 25% tax credit to companies that build facilities in the United States.

“It was the only good thing he did,” Breedlove Chaffee said.

Biden protesters, including the Proud Boys, staged a protest along Beech Road.

Pace said she did not arrange for the Proud Boys to attend and stayed away from where they put up signs along Beech Road due to the vulgar language of their signs. But, she said, the group was unfairly targeted.

Once the procession passed, the group quickly dispersed.

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