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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SBWoman Dec 19, 2019 09:53 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Along with WSJ, and San Jose Mercury, I watch Newsy on COX Channel 288. Try it! It’s based in St Louis with real-looking journalists reporting: no false lashes, no cleveage or skin, no 4” heels. They report; no indoctrination or influence. Try steaming Newsy for some unbiased reporting.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 19, 2019 09:12 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Oh look a constitutional expert with a JD from the Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh school of hyperbole and lies. Did your degree come printed on bull poop and come wrapped in a MyPillow box?

Crystalandmaui Dec 19, 2019 08:45 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

This is hilarious, what band wagon to jump on. Stop already, we are so divided. Now I see why racism came back so strong. And oh please stop the bullying, do you hear yourselves? No crystal ball here. Let’s all enjoy the holidays and be nice to a stranger. What a hatred world nowadays. Peace, everyone

fluffy jake Dec 19, 2019 08:39 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

After watching all of the hearings all I got from the witnesses was a bunch of second-hand information and opinions. Where is Shift's secret proof? Weak and non-existant grounds for impeachment.

a-1585419815 Dec 19, 2019 12:18 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Anyone who thinks that Trump doesn't deserve impeachment is one who is not dealing with reality and facts. Trump is more of a crook than Nixon ever was. Trump needs to go. End of story.

a-1585419815 Dec 18, 2019 09:17 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

The whole impeachment process seems to mostly have an upside for the Republicans. As I watched and listened to the Democrats today, they seemed dejected. I would have thought they would be energized and refreshed after getting this HUGE win, but not so.

PitMix Dec 19, 2019 08:15 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

We are just exhausted from having to fight the madness on so many fronts. Does not mean I am not engaged. Am donating money to the opponents of the traitor dems that did not support impeachment. Bye Tulsi Gabbard and your idiot friends.

a-1585419815 Dec 19, 2019 08:11 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

I am following Nancy Pelosi's advice and pray for the President every day. Also, like Nancy, I do not hate anyone. Just follow her advice and approach as I do, and love your neighbor, neighbor. If there is a bright spot in all of this, Hillary could be in the White House in the blink of an eye...shoe-in...done deal.

Sal15puedes Dec 18, 2019 07:14 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

In short - the president 100% absolutely and totally sucks. I cannot imagine why anyone anywhere would have a single nice thing to say about this mean spirited loutish dangerous buffoon who reeks of reactionary intolerance. It's impossible to have a fact based argument with the Trump cult so just say the president totally sucks, I'm hoping it'll catch on.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 19, 2019 08:13 AM
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Trump = dumb. It is really that simple. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ He is an weak person's idea of a strong man, an uneducated person's idea of an intelligent man and a poor person's idea of a rich man...

Sam The Dog Dec 18, 2019 11:31 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Come on, you don't think if there was no Ukraine and instead Trump did what Clinton did the same thing wouldn't happen? Post #metoo no less? Please also be read the actual resolutions passed today then re read your post starting at "Trump has been impeached for....". Your quote and what he's actually being impeached for are extrnely different.

a-1585419815 Dec 18, 2019 09:43 PM
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Comparing the Clinton trial to Trump's is ... silly. Clinton lied about a blow job, a personal choice affecting himself, wired up Monica Lewinsky and her Republican backers, and Clinton's family. Trump has been impeached for bribery and obstruction of justice with multiple investigations regarding foreign interference in our national elections, along with the bribery/extortion case in Ukraine affecting the latter's ability to protect themselves in a protracted invasion war with Russia.

mp805 Dec 18, 2019 07:24 PM
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LOL fake news...What actually happened is Republicans thought the effort would bolster their House majority after their impeachment excersize. When they instead lost five seats, Gingrich resigned. The Senate then failed to convict Clinton, and he finished his second term with high approval ratings.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 07:12 PM
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The reactions to these two posts, the first being as false as a statement can be yet quite popular, and the second being a readily confirmed fact yet not so popular, illustrates well what is going on here and what I have pointed out. Goodnight.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 06:16 PM
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Here's what intelligent, informed, honest people learned. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-house-has-impeached-president-trump-heres-what-we-learned/

JoeG Dec 19, 2019 08:36 AM
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JQB: (1) Dems defended some of Obama's worst conduct; no one impeached him. Dems ignored Hillary's worst conduct; still wanted her to become Queen. (2) Dems stuck together. When don't they? Regardless of truth? (3) Party predicted votes. Not quite. Your side defected. (4) With the media and the Dems speading lies and propaganda daily, how do you expect your side to ever understand what a great President Trump is? (5) Individuals can be smart; groups of people can be ignorant and be too beholding to "party". Look at Salud. He's never experienced an original thought in his life.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 06:02 PM
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https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/all-the-presidents-crooks/602965/ "All the President’s Crooks; Again and again, Trump’s core supporters have turned out to be criminals." by David Frum, former GWB speechwriter, and member of the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

mp805 Dec 18, 2019 07:09 PM
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JQB - no The Hill is considered center not a right wing rag....here is a link for your reference. https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-ratings...In any case I thought you weren't going to write me anymore. I still love you and am sending you good thoughts and vibes your way, its apparent with all the posts today you are a little on edge. I still think you are a good person even though we probably disagree on alot of stuff and you probably think Im evil. Just so you know I dont agree that Trumps call was "perfect as he put it but I also think the Dems could have made a better point by a censure not impeachment.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 07:02 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Here's the question that honest people ask instead of dismissing GWB's speech writer and member of the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition, just because he voted for Clinton: WHY did he vote for Clinton? As that piece from The Hill noted, it's not because he agrees with her on policy ... it's because he knew that Trump was a crook who would not "uphold the sovereignty and independence of the United States".

jqb Dec 18, 2019 06:56 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

David Frum writing in The Hill, which some people label as "a right wing rag". But such labels are what dishonest people use to deflect. https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/303984-david-frum-i-voted-for-clinton

jqb Dec 18, 2019 06:48 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Everything you disagree with is "biased", and everything you agree with is objective. Voting for Hillary means that the person is biased and anything they say can be dismissed, but voting for Trump means the person is objective and neutral. No one every reveals bias by quoting from right wing sources, only from "a left wing rag" ... except that the Atlantic isn't that, and I didn't do that, I cited an article by a Republican. One might expect him to say something supporting the Republican ... except that he's that rare bird, an honest one. One might expect an intellectually honest person to read the article and either agree with it or counter it with facts, instead of trotting out a dozen fallacies like poisoning the well and special pleading. But you do exactly what I expect of you. I won't bother to respond to you further.

mp805 Dec 18, 2019 06:24 PM
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JQB you are revealing your bias by quoting from the Atlantic which is a left wing rag...also fyi David Frum voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, what do you expect him to say. The mistake today by the democrats in house will solidify Trump as president for the next four years. Like I said earlier the Dems will lose big like the republicans did when they tried to impeach Clinton in 1998 Dont take my word for just look at the polls in the swing states over the past 2 weeks. People in these swing states have impeachment fatigue and support for impeachment has dropped 6 points. The coastal elites like California and New York cant see this of course which is sad.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 05:54 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

And ... the crooked lying mob-connected racist sociopathic self-aggrandizing clear and present danger to the Republic has been impeached by a vote of 230-197. Now onto the Senate where people much like him will vote for party over country, allowing him to continue his crime spree.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 19, 2019 08:17 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

JQB: Stop feeding the Trolls. They arent worth your time. You wouldnt argue with a lunatic in public would you? So dont bother with these fools. They'll get what they deserve, in good time. In the meantime. Go for a walk and enjoy the things these miserable people cannot destroy or steal. Let them wallow in their perceived misery and victim hood. They're really good at that...

JoeG Dec 18, 2019 08:35 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

JQB: try to relax and enjoy a booming economy and improved national security. Maybe President Trump will give you a ride in a new Space Force rocket ship.

a-1585419815 Dec 19, 2019 09:54 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Respectfully disagree Roger. It will be the Democrats that will push him through to a second term. This impeachment charade is convincing 'normal' Americans that the left is not on their side. Add that to the socialist programs that are being proposed by the wannabe candidates and many Americans have no other shelter from the storm than to reelect the president - even those of us who would like a better candidate.

420722 Dec 18, 2019 03:54 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

All this to stop him from winning in 2020 but the dems are exactly why he will win. They should have just picked a really good candidate that could beat him but since they couldn’t find that person it’s down to impeachment. Smh.

a-1585419815 Dec 19, 2019 09:43 AM
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It’s time for Americans to THINK. 80% of health care costs are last 3 years. Why not learn to die naturally with dignity as did generations before us rather than saddle others with our egocentric goal to live forever? Stop all government paid health care and the Country and citizens will be fine. It worked well in the 2930s, 1940s, 1950s when we took care of each other. Government wants us dick and dependent to maintain MED care as 18% of GDP.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 19, 2019 08:20 AM
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Hey thanks for pointing out the typo. Mistakes happen. Oh, and thank you so much for adding your thoughts to the conversation. Its posts like yours that really make me appreciate the community's intelligence and insights!

forrestmv18 Dec 19, 2019 06:48 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Not only is she not far enough to the left but she also calls out the outright dishonesty and craziness and duplicity of her party's Progressive Fascist faction. It's weird that the people that supposedly want to save our democracy are silent on how HC conspired against Bernie and how the current iteration of the DNC has conspired against TG.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 18, 2019 05:35 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

That's the funny thing about his base. They are the ones most impacted by the myopic, short term thinking of Trump. If they're making less than $600k a year or are a W2 earner, they're going to have a rough time at life in the next decade or two. For unless you are wealthy, Trump's tax cuts did nothing for you but defer costs down the road a few years. Its almost inevitable at this point, that unless you have seven figures in the bank you will likely lose everything you have fighting the inescapable health crisis that will impact you and your family. The housing boom is over, the double digit appreciation in the past. What is left is debt, lots and lots of debt. So the very thing that gave the boomers their boost is going to be eaten whole by health care and end of life costs. But hey, Trump sure showed them libs whose boss!

Sagepup Dec 18, 2019 04:26 PM
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I agree 100%. Tulsi is the only candidate that could beat Trump. But she is to honest of a person and the Dems don't like that. As far as all the other candidates, it is like looking for a tootsie roll in a septic tank

Chip of SB Dec 18, 2019 04:19 PM
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I think you nailed it 420722. This impeachment is simply a political strategy. It is nothing more than a desperate last stand from a party without a viable candidate for the 2020 election.

Sam The Dog Dec 18, 2019 03:59 PM
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I've been preaching this for a while. They do have a great candidate, I think Tulsi Gabbard is amazing and the only one that could challenge Trump. Unfortunately she's not for enough to the left and bucks the norms of the DNC so they're not going to let her get the nomination.

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