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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PitMix Dec 18, 2019 03:55 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

If the junior high students that voted for him initially because they wanted to poke a stick into the eyes of the adults in the country re-elect him, they deserve what will happen next.

a-1585420023 Dec 18, 2019 03:38 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

For all you "injured" Republicans who think Impeachment is hurting our country...... https://www.newsweek.com/democratic-senators-tweeting-photos-giant-pile-dead-house-passed-bills-mitch-mcconnell-desk-1478047----------- Mitch (likely under direction of your Traitor in Chief) has been holding up hundreds of bills passed by the House to PROTECT and HELP our citizens. This is disgraceful and the reason why most people think Republicans are self-serving jerks. Work on your image folks. Optics.

forrestmv18 Dec 19, 2019 06:51 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

And you have watched the voluminous recordings of Nadler and Pelosi railing against Clinton's impeachment based on the absolute need to be bi-partisan? But now they MUST impeach in a purely partisan act to save our democracy?

MarcelK Dec 18, 2019 03:49 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

There was also that charming interview Moscow Mitch did with Sean "the most evil person ever to come out of Santa Barbara" Hannity, in which genius Hannity expressed his puzzlement that the Obama administration left so many federal judgeships open, and Mitch cackled that it was his doing. And he came up with his ludicrous excuse of not even giving Obama's SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland a hearing because it was an election year (Reagan appointed Anthony Kennedy in an election year, among other examples), but now chortles that of course they would put a right wing justice on the court if RBG were to leave it. He is an utterly corrupt, treasonous person, and so is anyone who defends him or this sort of behavior.

Sam The Dog Dec 18, 2019 03:53 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Can you fact check this quote JQB, oh righteous one? No less than five times in the last six years, bipartisan Congress imposed on the executive branch an affirmative duty to ensure that the government of Ukraine was countering corruption.

forrestmv18 Dec 19, 2019 06:52 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

I love Trump's policies and can't stand him personally and cannot stand the Progressive Fascists; does that make me a right winger? Are you channeling Joseph McCarthy?

jqb Dec 18, 2019 04:30 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

"Same people each and every protest. " So how big was the Women's March when they wore the pussy (not "vagina" -- do you think vaginas have ears?) hats, and how big was this rally? We can all agree that your statements not merely aren't true but contradict each other, and are not "truly genuine". And so it goes.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 04:34 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

"it is what?" -- Signs, and drums. You could look at Robert's pictures ... as well as the pictures and video from 600 rallies across the nation. There's plenty of passion, if that's actually what you're looking for.

a-1585420023 Dec 18, 2019 04:05 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

The protesters in SB do not come across as truly genuine. Where on earth is their passion? Same people each and every protest. A while back it was vagina hats (very classy), and now it is what?

jqb Dec 18, 2019 03:55 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

And of course it's blatantly untrue that "we can all agree" that a crowd of 500 in SB is "an extremely poor showing". Everyone with that, but there's a type of person who claims otherwise.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 03:52 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

The population of Michigan is over 10 million, and that's just one way in which this apples to oranges comparison is transparently dishonest. And so it goes.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 04:10 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Here's another obviously totally unfair comparison: 200,000 people rallyed against Trump last night, and much much smaller number is rallying for him tonight. But no one is trying to pass off such a blatantly dishonest comparison as legitimate.

JoeG Dec 18, 2019 01:58 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Orange Man bad, say the lemmings. Impeach Trump, say the sheep. The corrupt and power hungry politicians care more about hating Trump than caring for our nation. Best economy in our lifetime. The stock market (your 401K) is breaking records almost daily. Taxes are lower. Lowest unemployment numbers for all, especially so-called "minority" groups. The military that protects our nation is finally recuperating after being decimated by Obama. But the Dems must impeach a "clear and present danger". Hogwash. Look around folks: California is being systematically ruined by the Dem monopoly in Sacramento. So-called sanctuary cities are protecting law breakers; insanely rewarding them with the rights of law abiding citizens. Big cities are full of filth, feces, urine and heroine needles. Diseases from the Middle Ages are attempting a comeback. Development is choking our roads and freeways. Despite water and power shortages, the crazy RHNA policies from Sacramento are destroying the character of beautiful cities like Santa Barbara. The Dems are the real clear and present danger!

JoeG Dec 18, 2019 04:42 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Predictable partisan talking points: deny the obvious. Up is down. Down is up. RHNA is pushed by a super majority of Dems in Sacto. Accepted by a majority of Dems in Santa Barbara. Look around JQB. Santa Barbara is shoehorning high density development all over town. Infrastructure is bursting at the seams. Lake Cachuma will go dry thanks to shortsighted planning theories that attempt to build our way out of a fantasy housing shortage. All Dem policies.

JoeG Dec 18, 2019 04:34 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Fact: new District Attorney in San Francisco (son of convicted terrorists), Chesea Boudin will not prosecute public urination and defecation.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 02:43 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

That's a lot of predictable partisan talking points that attribute good things to Trump that he didn't cause (the stock market and employment numbers are on pretty much linear curves ever since Obama's stimulus then ended the Great Recession, and the numbers ignore the low quality of added jobs that people can't live on) and bad things to Dems that they didn't cause (development?--a Republican arena if ever there was one), while ignoring the fact that the House Dems have passed hundreds of bills that Moscow Mitch refuses to bring to a vote, so it's actually that the corrupt and power hungry Republican politicians care more about defending Trump and the Russians ("protecting lawbreakers") than caring for our nation. But the one thing that is most revealing is the scare quotes around "minority".

jqb Dec 18, 2019 02:08 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Speaking of urine and feces: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/inspectors-warn-unsafe-pork-could-make-its-way-consumers-under-n1097676 "Potential defects, according to Mauer, include feces, sex organs, toenails, bladders and unwanted hair." Destruction of our regulatory system is one of the many high crimes that he isn't being charged with.

Roger Dec 18, 2019 02:01 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

This Urine and feces thing was going on when George Junior was President and Arnold was GovenAtor...I guess it was the democrats fault then poo, I mean too..

jqb Dec 18, 2019 01:40 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Truth tellers: https://twitter.com/HouseJudiciary/status/1207406678825672706?s=20 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1207414280901017607?s=20

a-1585420023 Dec 18, 2019 01:20 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

So they say he's a buffoon. A man lacking in candor, cool and eloquence. When he speaks off the cuff, it's impossible to not get lost in translation. A man truly unable to concoct coherent and cohesive sentences thus leaving anyone listening totally lost. His "rallies" are nothing but crazy rants and half baked ideas twisted into meaningless diatribes. Droning on and on... Yet in all that, he expertly found a way to misspeak purposefully when trying to ambush an opponent. The absolute idiot razed the tent and performed a death defying performance of a life time. Oh what a genius is the absolute idiot.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 01:20 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

When his corrupt GOP lackies in the Senate vote in his favor, Trump will take it as a sign that he can commit his treason out in the open: https://twitter.com/Mimirocah1/status/1207077995934109703?s=20

CoastWatch Dec 18, 2019 01:13 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

“The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters,” Nadler said on the House floor during the Clinton impeachment hearings... "We must not overturn an election and remove a president from office except to defend our system of government or constitutional liberties against a dire threat, and we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people.” Nadler- Dec 1998 ...As far as dealing with the Ukraine, The PRESIDENT, NOT the Foriegn State Department workers set policy as to who , how and when a foreign government receives U.S. Taxpayer Dollars... The Trump Admin GAVE the Javelin Missiles and arms....UNLIKE Obama, who refused to ARM the Ukainians...

sacjon Dec 18, 2019 02:00 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

COASTWATCH - "except to defend our system of government or constitutional liberties against a dire threat" - YES! Taking the vote away from the 2020 voters by encouraging a foreign government to interfere with our election is a direct and dire threat to our democracy. It's so bizarre that so many red-blooded republicans are OK with the disintegration of our nation's founding principals.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 01:56 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

"We must not overturn an election and remove a president from office except to defend our system of government or constitutional liberties against a dire threat, and we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people.” -- which is exactly what we have now. "The PRESIDENT, NOT the Foriegn State Department workers set policy as to who , how and when a foreign government receives U.S. Taxpayer Dollars" -- this is not true; the money was allocated by Congress. Trump's own advisors told him that withholding the aid was illegal.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 01:11 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

And those who do read the transcript and see what it says then dismiss it and say its fake, contradicting themselves. https://twitter.com/crampell/status/1207010721546067970?s=20

a-1585420023 Dec 18, 2019 01:13 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Like you guys were not crying when Obama Won and served for 8 years if they were able to serve more than 2 terms he would still be president and you would still be crying..You know what is sad is all of you just call each other names nothing ever gets done because everyone's to damn busy crying or laughing at others and calling them names JQB is entitled to their opinion as you are. I think Trump might be impeached as he should be then Pence will serve out the term he was a lousy Gov in Indiana but at least he knows the ropes. He might win again but so what I won't be crying I have voted for Democrats, Republicans, Independent's, I even voted for Jesse Jackson once in a primary once and I don't like him. It is what it is...I like JQB's comments Keep it up!

Chip of SB Dec 18, 2019 12:02 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Joe Biden's son getting a $80,000 per month job he had no qualifications or experience for from a corrupt Ukranian company is perfectly ok (Hunter Biden admitted in a recent interview that he thought he got the job because of his last name). Joe Biden using the power of his office to threaten to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine in order to get the prosecutor investigating his son's company fired is ok (there is a video of Joe Biden bragging about doing that). Trump suggests the above should be investigated, and that is an impeachable offense. What the heck is going on here?

PitMix Dec 18, 2019 04:01 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Chip, how can a private citizen be impeached? Maybe you shouldn't talk about things you don't understand. Almost every scion of a rich family has traded on their wealth and status to gain riches. That is how our system works. Don't pretend that is a surprise to you.

Chip of SB Dec 18, 2019 01:25 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

I think you make an excellent point 12:15. Can you imagine what this thread would look like if Trump had threatened to withhold aid to get a prosecutor who was investigating Don Jr's company fired???

a-1585420023 Dec 18, 2019 12:15 PM
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JQB you are correct there, but I see you are silent on Hunter. How do you think you would have reacted if a Trump child did the same thing?

jqb Dec 18, 2019 12:06 PM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

" in order to get the prosecutor investigating his son's company fired is ok" -- this is a lie that has been refuted everywhere except Faux News. It was a corrupt prosecutor, who was NOT investigating Burisma. The U.S., EU, and IMF all wanted Ukraine to dump this corrupt prosecutor. Biden was carrying out U.S. foreign policy. Trump was acting in his own personal interest.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 11:36 AM
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Lying about Trump, as his supporters constantly do, won't stop him from being impeached, but does tell us that there are fundamentally bad people among us.

mp805 Dec 18, 2019 11:35 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

This move by the democrats is a miscalculation and will all but assure the reelection of Trump to 4 more years. He will be acquitted in the senate shortly after the new year and the left will pay a huge price like the republicans 20 years ago when they tried to impeach Clinton.

mrtrump Dec 18, 2019 11:30 AM
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President Trump's defense is this: Hunter Biden took bribes from Burisma Holdings. In exchange for those bribes, then Vice-President Joe Biden explicitly threatened Ukraine to either end the criminal investigations of Burisma Holdings or lose U.S taxpayer money. Let the senate trial begin, and let Joe and Hunter Biden answer questions under oath.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 02:01 PM
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Again, these claims have been refuted everywhere but Faux News. It was a corrupt prosecutor, who was NOT investigating Burisma. The U.S., EU, and IMF all wanted Ukraine to dump this corrupt prosecutor. Biden was carrying out U.S. foreign policy. Trump was acting in his own personal interest. 12:15 PM said I was correct there (indeed), but then deflects to Hunter Biden, ignoring the vastly worse behavior of Trump's children. But none of those people are relevant to Trump's impeachment for his high crimes (aka, abuse of power).

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