About 250 people rallied in the chilly rain in Huntington Tuesday, on the eve of a House vote on two articles of impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Protesters held signs that said ‘Defend Democracy’ and ‘Trump is Not Above the Law’ and waved to passing motorists who beeped their horns in support.
More than 600 similar events were held in all 50 states and other countries.
Speakers included Assemblyman Chuck Lavine and 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary candidate Melanie D’Arrigo.
“People came out to rally today because so many of us are deeply disheartened and
disillusioned,” said Dr. Eve Krief, one of the rally organizers. “Our democracy cannot function when our leaders are flagrantly ignoring the Constitution and the rule of law. The facts have shown that the President tried to use his power for personal political gain at the expense of our national security and that of our Ukrainian ally. Both sides of the aisle should want a fair trial in the senate where witnesses are not barred from testifying by the President. The American people deserve to hear the truth.”
The articles of impeachment accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
“This rally exists because nobody is above the law. We live in a democracy where no one
person, no matter what their title, can put our national security in jeopardy for their own political
gain,” said Sharon Golden, co administrator Together We Will Long Island and rally
The House is expected to debate the charges throughout the day Wednesday and then vote.
If the House votes to impeach, the move is similar to an indictment in a criminal case. The matter would then move to the Senate, which is empowered to hold a trial to decide on guilt or innocence.
Trump would be the third US president to be impeached; Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998-99. No president has ever been convicted and removed from office. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 after it became clear that he would be impeached.