Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

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Protest outside Santa Barbara County Courthouse (Photo: IndivisibleSB)

By edhat staff

Hundreds of residents gathered outside the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on Tuesday evening to support the impeachment of Trump.

The rally was organized by local group Indivisible Santa Barbara asking residents to "Show Up. Speak Up. Stand Up." to show nobody is above the law, according to the group's Facebook Page. It was held the evening before the U.S. House of Representatives votes on Articles of Impeachment where Trump is charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

"This is a momentous time in our country’s history and we are hopeful that nationwide mobilization with other activist groups will show the Senate and the public how much support there is for impeaching and removing Trump. Never in our nation’s history have we dealt with a president so destructive to our democracy," the group stated.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson was one of the many speakers who supported the impeachment before the group marched down State Street. Protestors held creative signs stating, "The President Totally Sucks" and "Impeach This Lying Conman."

This was just one of the many pro-impeachment rallies held around the country on Tuesday evening. Large rallies popped up in New York City's Times Square; Saint Paul, Minnesota; Doral, Florida; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Below is an opinion article on the event by Robert Bernstein


Nobody is Above the Law Impeachment Rally

By Robert Bernstein

Over 500 members of the Santa Barbara community rallied and marched Tuesday on the eve of the Impeachment vote in the United States House of Representatives. The theme: "Nobody is Above the Law". Indivisible Santa Barbara organized the event.Here are my videos and photos from this event that began at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

Donald Trump himself seemed to be in attendance in a clown outfit
Many carried signs expressing their views in support of democracy, the law and accountability.
This person wanted to remind everyone that President Trump has thwarted solutions to the Climate Crisis and that action is urgently needed

Organizer Myra Paige made introductory remarks followed by Pastor David Moore of the New Covenant Worship Center. Here is my video of their comments:

Congressional Representative Salud Carbajal could not attend the rally because he was in Washington, DC for the impeachment debate and vote. His representative spoke in his place, explaining why Representative Carbajal believes President Trump needs to be held  accountable for his many offenses

Supervisor Das Williams expressed the pain that President Trump has caused to so many in our community and around the world:

Andrew Bermant, a local developer who prides himself on sustainable, walkable communities, gave an impassioned speech enumerating some of President Trump's impeachable offenses:

Mr Bermant went on to sing a special carol for the occasion along with Myra Paige: "We Wish You A Good Impeachment"

And Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson was on hand to give another impassioned speech explaining why it is so important to impeach and remove President Trump:

At the conclusion of the speeches, most of the participants marched up State Street in a lively manner, led by a drum ensemble:

For more information about Indivisible Santa Barbara, you can visit their Facebook page or their website.

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sbnatv Dec 19, 2019 07:28 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

My business suffered tremendously under the previous crooked presidents terms. Almost lost all and was barely eating at times. Under this new president my business is thriving. Isnt that interesting? This state is run by democrats and is rapidly becoming a third world slum, but we pay the highest taxes in the country? Isnt that interesting? Only brainwashed fools vote Dem

ZeroHawk Dec 20, 2019 09:57 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

@ SBNATV i've heard many other businesses say how they prospered and flourished under the previous administration. Perhaps it's more about how you run your business and how the city of SB allows you to run it. Don't pass the blame to Washington for your own short comings and poor business decisions. To say the former president made your business suffer makes about as much sense as saying Trump made your business suffer. ...they don't control your decisions. You do.

Sam The Dog Dec 20, 2019 09:00 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

In general, again IN GENERAL, Democrats want more rules and regulations. The compliance and reporting requirements for these new rules and regulations can be very burdensome to small businesses. Just look at how long and expensive the permitting process here in Santa Barbara is. Every year the building codes get tougher and more complex, requiring more and more architectural and engineering hours to create approve-able plans, plans that now have less usable area because more or larger restrooms are required, because landscaping requirements in parking lots take away from available customer spaces, because that isle between clothing racks are too close together reducing the amount of product that can be displayed, etc. . Even something as simple as banning plastic straws, now small business have to purchase more expensive and less effective alternatives. Last time I was at the movies my soon went through 10 paper straws, each wrapped in plastic, just to finish his Icee. While I'm generally an Independent, I don't believe the Democrats fully understand the real life day-to-day consequences of the "feel good" legislation they push.

a-1585419548 Dec 20, 2019 08:36 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Can you please explain why/how this is? I'm not being snarky, I really want to try to understand those who support our current president and not our last one. Republicans vs Democrats. I have a cousin who is pro-Trump and Republican and owns a small business (we agree to not talk politics). I really don't understand why small business owners do better when Republicans are in power. I am totally Democrat all the way, but I really do want to understand the opposing views.

a-1585419548 Feb 05, 2020 02:00 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

FORRESTMV18 Pack your bags, travel overseas and you will find out. Be sure and take your "I'm Canadian" hat with you. You're gonna need it.

forrestmv18 Dec 20, 2019 06:20 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Well, Mexico and El Salvador did exactly what he demanded to our benefit while, according to you, laughing at Trump. The NATO countries have already upped their subsidies as demanded by contract, because he made them. China has acquiesced to their unfair trade practices against the U.S. because of Trump. He demanded and got a far better trade agreement than NAFTA. The UK voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new administration that is in-line with Trump. Who is laughing at us?

mattyboy Dec 19, 2019 10:45 PM
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MACPUZL - please, cue video of said leaders. No, really, what leaders do you have in mind, of which righteous, virtuous nations, that are worth concerning ourselves about?

mattyboy Dec 19, 2019 08:26 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Obama was an embarrassment globally to the US. Who, exactly, is laughing at us? All the countries that rely on OUR aid? The countries being overrun by Islamic radicalism? The countries with strict immigration policy & enforcement? The countries still in the misogynist dark ages?

a-1585419548 Dec 19, 2019 05:07 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

I used to be a democrat. I did not vote for Trump. I will in 2020 though. For those claiming Trump supporters are racist, misogynist, etc. I am a minority, and female. Also hold a JD and have a fairly high IQ. Most of what I see from Trump haters is emotional only and not logical. Think with your heads for a second and not from a place of hate.

a-1585419548 Dec 19, 2019 05:17 PM
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Keep it up! It's people like you that are driving people away from the left in droves! I'll be voting for Trump too come next year - if not for anything else, than to drive people like you even more insane and laugh while you rage on!

a-1585419548 Dec 19, 2019 04:54 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

I follow the Walk Away Campaign [walk away from the democrat party movement] and today, I cannot begin to tell you how many new people joined and posted, saying that after last night, they have finally made the decision to walk away and never vote democrat again - some after 35 years of voting democrat. So, there's your reality. This is a political chitshow, and that's all. And it only increased support for this president. I wish more people would wake up but lots did last night and today I can tell you that!

AdamVant Dec 19, 2019 01:02 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

President Trump: 175 federal judges, including 2 SCOTUS justices. Hillary Clinton: Zero. Winning! DJT will be removed from office by law at noon on January 20, 2015, when Nikki Haley is sworn in as President. MAGA! Too bad, you sore loser Progressives!

jak Dec 19, 2019 12:18 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Fundamental strategic error by the Democrats. If they had moved to censure Trump they probably would have had broader support and with careful wordsmithing and presentation that would likely have included both sides of the aisle and possibly even an endorsement by the senate. As things stand, this is a do-nothing go-nowhere exercise in partisan temper tantrum that has turbocharged Trump’s bade and all but assured re-election.

a-1585419548 Dec 19, 2019 11:39 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Today is very somber. This man is a threat to our national security. He needs to know he's not above the law and must be held immediately accountable! We cannot wait another minute to protect our democracy. Justice must be served. Okay! Now off on vacation for a few weeks and we'll hand over the documents when we get back. Sorry, gotta go! What's that? Oh, don't worry, the national security will be fine. We'll deal with it next year when we figure it all out. Bye!

sea dog Dec 19, 2019 10:03 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

No president has EVER been not re elected with a roaring economy. Congress will go Republican too and end endless impeachment threats. Expecting something else makes you a non reality based life form !

Red Creek Dec 19, 2019 02:31 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Roaring economy for whom -- the rich? I don't buy it. Wall Street going up is for the rich. Corporations make their money off profit, not increasing wages. Homelessness increasing every day and wages stagnant doesn't mean the economy is good for most of us. This same blather was the word of the day in 2008, right before the economy blew up under Bush.

Sam The Dog Dec 19, 2019 01:25 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

No need to take things to the extreme... making comparisons of DJT to dictators responsible for mass genocide weakens every other point you try and make. What I meant by the "means" is... he's an A-Hole with a capital A, and bucks the norms (norms, not laws for all of you about to be triggered) of typical political leaders. I could certainly do without the A-Hole part, but we certainly need outsiders and new blood in Washington. Career politicians simply cannot have their constituents best interests at heart because their number 1 priority is getting reelected and do so by toeing the party line. How are they supposed to make the tough calls and pass challenging pieces of legislation when they're constantly thinking how it will affect them in the next election? The right answer to our problems isn't the democrats solution, it isn't the republicans solution, it's when both sides work together to do what's best for all Americans rather than just those in their party. But this can't happen until someone free's them from those reelection bonds and put term limits in place! Remember, Trump isn't the cause of the hyper-partisanship, he is the result.

RHS Dec 19, 2019 11:57 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Not sure what Sam the Dog is saying but if it is approval for "any means to an end" we are in trouble. Didn't we learn that that model NEVER works right? What about Stalin? What about Pol Pot? What about Louis XIV? What about North Korea for the last 60 years? (Because we will get down voted if Nazis are brought up there are conspicuous omissions in the previous list.))

pii Dec 19, 2019 09:42 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

I hear of the crimes committed by Trump and his lawless behavior. I hear this over and over. For three years. However, no specific charges, no proof. Certainly nothing other presidents haven't done, not that that is a defense. Vast resources and a billion man-years have gone toward the investigation of DJT. Still nothing of substance. Had past presidents been subject to a milder form of this harassment, they too would have been impeached: Adams I, Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, JFK, LBJ, (RMN resigned), Clinton the male & BHO. I am sure there are more. BTW, SB Observer, it is not the purpose of the Federal Gov't to provide for the citizenry. It is to create and maintain an environment where people can pursue their lives unfettered. (A work in progress. Note that I did not say "safe". Freedom is messy and difficult, but worth dying for as proven by history.) Gov't can not handle compassion responsibly (again check history). You know, politicians have discovered they can buy votes with other people's money.

a-1585419548 Feb 05, 2020 02:06 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

What I don't get is how anyone and I do mean ANYONE can take one look at this President and not know he's a complete nutter. Do so many Americans lack even a whisper of ability to read body language? Trump is a scary, he's so insane.

PitMix Dec 19, 2019 11:03 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

If you don't think enough proof was presented by the witnesses in the committee hearings, then we have a different definition of proof and I will leave you to your alternate truthiness.

a-1585419548 Feb 05, 2020 02:09 PM
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SEA DOG. It is a common misconception to think "Impeachment" is the same as a conviction. Trump has most certainly been "impeached." He will go down in history with this impeachment attached to his name. Whether or not he will be convicted is another matter. (I wish he was tarred and feathered; too bad that will never happen.)

bigone Dec 19, 2019 09:36 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Funny that no one, including the leftist MSM, has ever mentioned that Andrew Jackson is one of the three Presidents impeached, yet he is on our $20 bills. The whole impeachment charade has been nothing but a waste of taxpayer money and Democratic House members' time, who have done basically nothing except try to oust Trump since the election. There is absolutely nothing Trump has done that is impeachable and people like those pictured in this article and many of the Democrats themselves are the ones who are actually dividing this country. It is time to stop this hatred and work towards keeping the United States the greatest nation in the world.

jqb Dec 20, 2019 02:18 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

As I said before, when Babycakes claimed that impeachment helped Clinton win a second term (despite being impeached during his second term), virtually nothing that Trump's supporters say is true. The thing about these two cases is that they are the only ones that are so obvious that even his supporters can figure out that they aren't true. But none of the rest of their claims, about Trump's deeds, the evidence, the impeachment process, etc. are true either. There's a common underlying reason for this.

sacjon Dec 19, 2019 10:58 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

BIGONE - just curious where you heard that Andrew Jackson was impeached and then, nevertheless, put on our $20 bill? Do you mind filling us in?

RHS Dec 19, 2019 10:25 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Bigone geeez....no wonder Trump people act the way they do. Andrew JACKSON was not impeached. Andrew JOHNSON was impeached. Andrew JACKSON is on the $20 bill, not Andrew JOHNSON. I know that facts don't matter to you folks but this should be embarrassing despite it being talking point for the far right bloggers. Maybe you should stop and suspect other "facts" given to you in this argument.

PitMix Dec 19, 2019 11:08 AM
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Chipo, in the last 3 years has life gotten better for Trump supporters? Wages have not increased, farmers are relying on welfare, the rich have only gotten richer, corporations have not invested in infrastructure and have done stock buybacks to enrich their CEOs, and he has made the Fed juice the economy and put us in a very dangerous position with regards to deficits which could blow up at any time. Only someone with a junior high view of the nation would conclude that what is going on is positive. Too bad the adults in the room, the Dems, are going to have to fix the problem just like Obama had to save Bush's hide.

Chip of SB Dec 19, 2019 09:15 AM
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You have much more in common with Trump supporters than you realize. I think just about everyone who takes an interest in politics wants to make the world a better place, except perhaps the politicians themselves. The middle class and the poor have been getting a raw deal for decades. Many believe Trump can help make things better. They are not retarded, racist, or evil. They want a better life for themselves and their children just like you.

SBWoman Dec 19, 2019 09:01 AM
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No grounds for impeachment. Period. This is a popularity contest that started at President Trump’s victory on election night. DEMs quickly organized and mobilized their hate to divide America against its duly elected President. It doesn’t matter if you or I like our President, his rough bullying communication style, or how he transects business. What does matter: there are no Constitutional grounds for impeachment. Watch tonight’s debate to decide on a replacement to elect 11/7/2020.

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