Tri-Valley residents joined cities across the country in rallies demanding President Trump be impeached and removed from office on Dec. 17, the day before the House of Representatives scheduled its vote on the question.
The rally in Livermore took place at the flagpole downtown where over 300 people of all age groups gathered. Multiple signs and banners supporting impeachment were visible throughout the crowd.
“I think that people have finally had enough of Trump not seeming to care about this country’s values and his behaviors,” Livermore resident Helen Machuga said. “We watch and listen to what goes on in Washington and it just gets worse with no consequences. This and other rallies are to tell the House and Senate members to develop a conscience.
“Put your country above your party,” she said.
Cheryl Cook-Kallio, California State Coordinator of We the People/Project Citizen, agreed. “This is tragic,” she said. “It is up to We the People to make sure our government works. No government official, especially the President, should be above the law. If we wait until the next election, he will continue to abuse his office and obstruct justice.”
During the rally, Mary Perner, a member of Livermore Indivisible and volunteers passed out information with phone numbers for U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Sen. Diane Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris, urging people to send messages that nobody, even the President, is above the law.
“It is obvious Trump doesn’t care about how wrong his decisions are, or about the consequences of his actions,” Perner said.
Livermore Mayor John Marchand was among those who addressed the crowd. “It is time for the members of Congress to live up to the oath that they swore, which was to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” he said.
“President Teddy Roosevelt observed that the White House was a ‘bully pulpit,’” he continued, but “for Teddy, the word ‘bully’ meant excellent or great. In the last three years, we have seen Donald Trump turn the White House from a bully pulpit to the pulpit of a bully.”