September 25, 2021

Against impeachment, protesters urge Congress to ‘let Trump do his job’

Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to show support for President Trump and demand that Congress stop the impeachment inquiry that’s moving at breakneck speed through the House of Representatives.The “March for Trump” rally, organized by the pro-Trump group Women for America First, started at Freedom Plaza before marching to the Capitol Building’s West Lawn. On a brisk fall day with a gusty wind that lifted dozens of pro-Trump flags held by protesters dressed in red, white and blue, speakers and attendees extolled Trump’s successes and railed against impeachment depositions that have been taking place at the Capitol all week.”There’s so much negative news about Trump and the great and wonderful things he’s done for the American people,” Linda Morris, who had driven from Delaware to show her opposition to impeachment, told Fox News. “We want our voices heard.”
A woman draped in a “Make America Great Again” flag at the March for Trump rally Thursday.
REP. SCALISE RIPS NANCY PELOSI FOR CONDUCTING IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY ‘IN SECRET AND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS’There might have been more pro-Trump voices on hand, had the charter company being used to bus protesters in from around the Northeast not canceled at the last minute, organizers claimed.”Last night, less than two hours before our first chartered buses were supposed to leave for D.C., we were informed that the bus company was canceling all of our buses – including ones that were fully paid for,” said Amy Kremer, the chairwoman of Women for American First.Anti-impeachment leaders including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union and author and former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam spoke to rallygoers, echoing Republicans’ recent messaging: that the process Democrats are using is unfair, Trump’s contacts with Ukranian President Voldomyr Zelensky in a July phone call were not impeachable offenses; and House Democrats should not try to overturn the results of the 2016 election.To raucous cheering, Scalise called the impeachment inquiry a “kangaroo court” and lambasted House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for not bringing a vote on the impeachment process to the floor of the House. This echoes rhetoric from a letter the White House sent to Pelosi explaining that it would not comply with impeachment-related subpoenas or interview requests until the House took such a vote.”We ought to have the right to choose our president,” he said. “Not Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff behind closed doors.”
Protesters link arms at the March for Trump rally Thursday, symbolically standing united behind President Trump.
HUNTER BIDEN’S QUESTIONABLE PAST AND BUSINESS DEALINGS COULD UNDO DAD’S BID FOR WHITE HOUSEWhile past impeachment efforts have involved a vote of the full House to authorize proceedings, there is no such requirement in the Constitution or House rules.”We are witnessing a coup,” former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka said later in the event.A common theme among the speakers and activists was a belief that Democrats are pushing impeachment investigations because they are worried their standard-bearer won’t be able to beat Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
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