PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — People across the country gathered on the eve of the impeachment vote against President Donald Trump, including thousands of protesters in the Portland metro area.
Between 1,500 and 2,000 people showed up for an impeachment rally at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, part of a nationwide rally of a grassroots movement called “Nobody is Above the Law.” Upwards of 600 similar rallies across the country.
“It’s about having our voices hear so they know we’re watching and helping inspire other Americans to speak out,” said protester Rick Reynolds.
Organizers of the rallies were pleased with the turnout, despite last-minute planning due to the timing of the impeachment hearings.
Impeachment rallies also took place in Beaverton, Hillsboro, Sherwood and Sandy.
Portland protester John Miller told KOIN 6 News he had been in several anti-Trump protests in 2019. He called the president “a loose cannon on deck.”
“Trump’s crazy, that’s why he needs to be shut down before we get in anymore trouble with our international community,” he said.
Those who gathered hoped to convey a message to the House of Representatives that Trump should be held accountable for the allegation he withheld military aid from Ukraine in order to gain information for the 2020 election.
But regardless of the end result of the impeachment inquiry, many at Tuesday’s rally in Portland said the night was about principle.
“I think this is a moment in history that we’re going to look back on and say, ‘This is one of the steps we had to take to save our democracy,'” said Reynolds.
The Portland Tribune reports the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on two articles of impeachment against Trump Wednesday, Dec. 18. If approved, Trump would be only the third president in history to be impeached. The most recent was President Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998. He was not removed from office.
President Trump could face a trial in the U.S. Senate sometime in January. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over the trial.