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.”