On the evening of Tuesday, December 17, the historic old Courthouse along Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough was the scene of a flurry of activity. The night before a historic House of Representatives vote to impeach President Donald Trump, a large group of approximately a hundred local residents made their way to this local downtown landmark to express their
desire to see President Trump impeached. Some chanted “Impeach!” and “Remove!” while others held signs.
The event was part of a series of nationwide events organized by Impeach.org, under the theme “Nobody is Above the Law.”
“The night before the House of Representatives takes a somber vote to impeach Trump, we’ll head to every congressional office and public square to declare that Nobody is Above the Law as
representatives finalize their positions and senators look on,” stated the Impeach.org website.
The scene surrounding the demonstration was intriguing, with some residents cheering and honking their owns, and a few others yelling obscenities and the occasional obscene hand gesture. With rain coming down throughout, the demonstrators came prepared, bringing raincoats, jackets, and umbrellas.
Despite the occasional hostile gesture in response to the demonstration, the event was held peacefully and without any confrontational incident.
“A core principle shared bysupportingorganizations is a commitment to non- violent, peaceful actions,” stated Impeach.org’s website leading up to the series of nationwide events.
On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives was expected to take a vote that
would make Donald Trump just the third President in United States history to be impeached, joining Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Both Johnson and Clinton were acquitted by the United States Senate, and were not removed from office.
Leaders within the United States Senate have made it clear that Trump will not become the first American President to be removed from office via the impeachment process. But that hasn’t stopped
Democrats and some like- minded independents and Republicans around the country to call for Trump’s impeachment as an act of constitutional duty.
The overwhelming majority of Republicans around North Carolina and nationwide have remained steadfastly in support of President Trump, making the political stakes of impeachment as high as they could possibly be heading into the all-important 2020 Presidential election year.