In Annapolis, over 100 gathered at City Dock surrounding the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial to call for impeachment of President Donald Trump on the eve of an expected vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
They seemed, at first, oblivious to the dreary, chilly weather as they listened to a couple of speakers in the hastily organized event then formed a line along the edge of the roadway sporting signs and chanting support for the impeachment vote expected Wednesday.
The “Nobody Is Above The Law: Remove and Replace” event was one of seven in Maryland organized by MoveOn.org. That organization and nearly 40 affiliated progressive organizations partnered to organize impeachment rallies in some 600 locations around the country.
“We strongly believe in the impeachment of Donald Trump,” Joe Dunn of Hillsmere said.
“He can’t break any more laws. He can’t change anymore norms,” his, wife Judi Dunn said.”We have grandchildren. The older ones know the difference. But the little ones they will never know what’s right and wrong if it stays this way.”
“And we certainly can’t have him for another four years,” Joe Dunn insisted.
The crowd hovered, engaged in dozens of little conversations peppered with both sass and smoothed by decorum. Some were filled with disgust at the president and his actions.
Score of signs read simply “Impeach” or “Impeach and Remove” while others were more detailed like “Too Much Corruption for One Sign.”
Opening remarks were said by primary organizer Emma Buchman of Severna Park, who was helping organize the Annapolis rally under the auspices of March On National. She was moving so fast to arrive on time she forgot the microphone to go with the loudspeaker she toted to the rally site.
“Donald Trump is one link in the global rise of nationalism,” she shouted to those gathered. “They gain power by tearing our communities apart and spreading chaos... This is our civic duty...the time to remain neutral is over. It is time to choose truth over lies, love over hate.”
Then they lined the curve off of the traffic circle onto Randall Street in front of the Market House.
There was an ebb and flow between chants and silence. “Impeach and Remove.” “This is what democracy looks like.” “No more lies.” They took jabs at “Moscow Mitch” McConnell and Attorney General Willam Barr.
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They waved their signs and two American flags. Drivers passing by tooting their horns in support and a handful slowing to shout their disdain for the rally. “Four more years,” said one. Another shouted an expletive revealing his feelings about liberals.
Richard Trevelyan drove a little over an hour from St. Michael’s to take a stand. “I am here in solidarity with others who I know are out there. They are growing in number very quickly and I wanted to show my solidarity with those in opposition to a criminal being in the White House.”
Dr. Patricia O’Hora, a veteran general practitioner from Edgewater, quietly joined some rallying chants.
“You can’t have somebody who breaks the law. You can’t send somebody to jail for robbing a liquor store or some kids buying marijuana when you are letting the highest people in the country go because they are rich,” she said.
“They can do whatever they want. That is wrong. The whole thing is antithetical to our founding principles and the framers. Our constitution will die if we don’t get out there and fix it.”
Then, about 40 minutes into the rally, a downpour grew out of the light drizzle. The crowd grew still for a couple minutes then some decided to call it a day. Then more.
Ten minutes later a handful remained still waving signs, and one furled Old Glory for the ride home.