Impeachment Rally

Becky Sullivan, of Driggs, Idaho, shows off her sign with a ski town twist while demonstrating with others Dec. 17 on Town Square in anticipation of a vote the following day by the U.S. House of Representatives on articles of impeachment against President Trump. He was impeached by the House Dec. 18 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

On the eve of a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on whether to impeach President Trump, protesters braved single-digit temperatures Tuesday on Jackson Town Square to show support for the process.

The Jackson rally was one of hundreds of similar events in states from Hawaii to Maine to Florida. A coalition of liberal groups including MoveOn.org and Indivisible organized the demonstrations using social media and hashtags like #ImpeachmentEve.

Roughly 60 protesters gathered around the elk antler arches with homemade signs that ranged from blunt, “impeach,” to patriotic, “preserve our republic, honor our constitution,” to impassioned, “Congress do the right thing!” One protester appealed to the local crowd with a sign that read, “Trump skis in jeans.”

Earlier Tuesday, Trump protested the impeachment process with a six-page letter delivered to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in which he impugned Democratic lawmakers, former Vice President Joe Biden, the FBI, and others for what he called a “witchhunt,” “hoax” and “coup.”

It’s this sort of divisive language that worries Alta resident Sue Cicero the most. “The dividing of the country and pitting people against each other” reached a point where she felt the need to speak out, Cicero said.

Becky Sullivan, of Driggs, Idaho, said her distrust of the president motivated her to come to the rally.

“He lies, cheats and is a crook,” she said. “I don’t hate naturally, but I hate him.”

Whether motivated by reverence for the constitution or a desire to see the president removed from power, locals are tuning in to national politics during these contentious impeachment proceedings.

In mid-October, Trump supporters wearing MAGA hats gathered on Town Square to show solidarity with the president.

This week, Wyoming Republicans have been standing by the president. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep Liz Cheney tweeted, “House Democrats operated in secret, abused their power, ignored facts, evidence, the law and the Constitution.”

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TERRENCE MILAN

Where do they get the time? Trump or no Trump there is always the dole. Ain't chronic laziness great!

Ken Chison

The protesters would like to thank the great Donald, though, for a historic economy and market that has more than doubled their trust funds and inheritances. All this has allowed them to not seek out employment in the near future and leaves them available for more protesting.

Jim Olson

Thanks, Democrats, for handing Trump a first term by cheating and being "un" democratic in the primaries against candidates like Sanders.

Thanks, Democrats for putting Trump in for a second term by not having anything to run on except "orange man bad".

You could have impeached him on any number of real crimes but you chose to impeach on evidence free "presumptions".

The reason the Democrats didn't impeach on the basis of real crimes is because they are complicit in the same crimes.

And, by the way, this is written by an anti-Trump activist who knows that both parties are criminal.

Marion Dickinson

Democrats are interesting. They are perfectly fine with VP Biden telling a foreign leader to either fire the man opposed to paying Biden Jr. a million dollar salary for sitting on the board when he doesn't even know the language. But the same ones are horrified at the idea that President Trump wanted to know what it was being spent for and NOT withholding it. Hard to understand that rationalization.

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