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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SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 18, 2019 11:07 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

I read a poll that showed 53% of registered Republicans believe Trump to be a better president than Lincoln. If there was ever a sign that we as a country have failed to educate our people, its this one figure. If so many people are ignorant of history and so easily swayed by politically motivated propaganda, than there is almost no critical thinking or intellectual curiosity occurring. I am afraid that we as a Union are rapidly heading towards a desperate future where our country and its people are bifurcated by the law of the universe - the bell curve of distribution. Idiocracy is becoming real...

EastBeach Dec 19, 2019 01:11 PM
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SB Observer - very much agree with your 12/18 11:07 AM comment. Somewhere recently I listened to a podcast pointing out how other nations lead the US when it comes to critical thinking skills. In the US critical thinking skills grow rapidly while in college (ability to identify assumptions, differentiate between fact & opinion, draw relationships between variables draw conclusions, test hypothesis, etc.). A voter base without such skills is a base that can be manipulated. And people like the current Education Secretary (Betsy DeVos) and the Koch Network know this. Just Google on "Koch brothers defund education).

macpuzl Dec 18, 2019 07:33 PM
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Speaking of the left tail of the normal probability distribution, the post-fact, low information reptiles supporting the Orange Moron certainly dominate the misspellings and grammatical errors present in this thread.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 11:58 AM
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You're right, Sam, comparing Trump favorably to Lincoln is stupid ... yet the poll shows that 53% of Republicans do so. Many also think that Trump is a savior sent by God.

a-1585420264 Dec 18, 2019 10:50 AM
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This wasn't a rally. It was an advertising campaign. Same politicians tugging at emotions. Suggesting it's a sad day that just coincidentally puts them on a pedestal. Because if not for them, the bad would just keep happening. Support them. Love them. Give them money. Reelect them. If you simply created a priority list of all things necessary to be done, this wouldn't make the top 20. But for some reason, you don't think that. You honestly think there's nothing more important. That somehow this event about a guy so far away and so unlike you is just the most important thing ever. The idea that we don't mean to hate. We never intended to disrupt. It was HIS fault that we're here. We'd never have done this if it weren't for HIM! Wink wink. We know it's a farce. We know it's just more of the illusion to keep you down. Don't think for yourself. Don't fix your local problems. Keep your focus on the hocus pocus and stayed suspended in your disbelief.

Sam The Dog Dec 18, 2019 12:12 PM
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You need to get off your high horse JQB. Just because certain views and opinions I have differ from yours it doesn't mean they are "lies". For your record, I am not a Trump supporter, I have a pretty equal disdain for all higher level politicians that have made a career out of running for office on the backs of the constituents they're supposed to be representing. It's my impartiality to both the democrats and republicans views that give me confidence in my opinions.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 12:02 PM
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Sam, you dismiss lawyers and historians, and make false numerous claims, but offer no reason to believe anything you say other than that you are deeply in the tank for Trump. And you have told many lies, here on this page, about climate science, etc. That post right there is deeply dishonest. It turns my stomach, but I'm not going to waste more of my time on you today.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 11:31 AM
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As always, we see that Trump's supporters are dishonest and corrupt. Here's a typical one lying on the floor of the House this morning: https://twitter.com/RepLoudermilk/status/1207378846456135684 "...When Jesus was falsely accused of Treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers. During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus, than Democrats have afforded this president in this process.” -- of course, the House inquiry is not a trial--that will happen in the Senate--and Trump was invited to participate but declined. These are all deflections. 500 lawyers wrote a letter saying that Trump committed impeachable offenses. 700 historians wrote a letter saying that Trump committed impeachable offenses, and if these aren't impeachable nothing is. The statements here to contrary are packed with lies.

a-1585420264 Dec 18, 2019 11:10 AM
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He was fully within his powers given by the Constitution to ask a president of another country we're about corruption investigations before giving them hundreds of millions in aid. Yes Biden was brought up in this regimental questions he had for the president of Ukraine, and that alone doesn't warrant an impeachment. Using this logic you can argue anything Trump does internationally that will help him win reelection (bringing troops home, securing our borders, ensuring fair trade) he wasn't doing as part of his job but to better his chances in 2020.

CGinSB Dec 18, 2019 11:03 AM
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It's not about a "guy so far away" -- it's the wrongness of the attempt to use his office to gain power beyond what the presidency was given by our Constitution and subsequent norms and conventions. Trump has always seemed to assume that he can act as president the same as he did/does as the top guy in the Trump Organization - "whatever I say goes, whatever I want everybody will do, regardless of the legality, ethics, or propriety of the act." He knows what he wants and sees NO reason not to get it -- by any means necessary.

CGinSB Dec 18, 2019 10:49 AM
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Stongarming/extorting foreign heads of state to do your bidding to further your personal election scheme is an impeachable offense. It was recognized as wrong by many people who were on the call, and by members of his own administration who learned of the bigger Trump mandate to try to force the Ukraine guy to announce an investigation. The whole investigation/Hunter Biden "issue" was a scam, a show, and is still defended by the Republicans even though it has been shown to be nonsense.

a-1585420264 Dec 18, 2019 11:51 AM
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"not be as bad", what exactly would have been been "bad" if Biden wasn't running for president? this is the bias everyone is talking about: something was bad, I don't know exactly what it is but if Trump did it can't be good. There was also solicitation of another country to "influence our elections", at the very worst it was information gathering on an opponent (via a legitimate inquiry). Schiff didn't say that on a campaign, but ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE and during his own opening statement into the "inquiry"!!! If Democrats want to set the standards of behaviors then they should at the very lease hold themselves to that standard.

sacjon Dec 18, 2019 11:12 AM
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11:04- If Biden wasn't running, then no, it would not be as bad, because he would not be abusing his power to influence a presidential election. You actually made the pro-impeachment point by your argument against it. The whole abuse thing rests on the fact that he was trying to take the power of the vote out of the peoples hands by having a foreign government interfere with our democracy. How is that not outrageous to you? And NO, Schiff lying about something in a campaign is NOT abuse of power, no where near the same as this. Trump used his power (and the $$$) to try to convince a FOREIGN government to do something to influence the election in his favor. It's not simply lying (like how Mexico was going to pay for the wall, etc etc etc).

a-1585420264 Dec 18, 2019 11:04 AM
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If Biden wasn't running for President, would what Trump did be an impeachable offense in your opinion? No, it wouldn't. So do political candidates get a free pass just because they're candidates? Could Trumps inquiries with Ukraine's president into the investigations been handled better? Yes, but it doesn't even come close to rising to a level we should be impeaching the president for. (I'm ignoring that fact the Trump isn't charged with "extortion" as you claim). On abuse of power, wouldn't Schiff be guilty of abusing the power of his office to influence the 2020 elections by claiming for years he had actual evidence Trump colluded with the Russians, a 100% lie? The Democrats need to hold themselves to the same standards they do Trump.

a-1585420264 Dec 18, 2019 10:42 AM
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While Trump is an A-Hole, you can't impeach someone for being an A-Hole. I heard on the radio this morning clips from the current debates and I heard over an over again "no one is above the law". Well then why wasn't a broken law listed in the articles of impeachment? The "abuse of power" put forth, many of the democrats driving this circus would be "guilty" of too (not to mention Clinton in 2016). They're a bunch of hypocrites and liars on both sides. If democrats would have just taken the high road rather than stooping down to Trumps level they would be sliding into an easy victory in 2020, it was theirs to lose.

a-1585420264 Dec 19, 2019 05:47 PM
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SACJON that would not be OK except, that is not what happened. You are making a false argument with nontruths, then asking the person to refute it. That's not how logic or debate works. Start with the truth and then you'll see why it's not impeachable.

jqb Dec 18, 2019 11:51 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

The laws broken aren't named in the articles of impeachment because this isn't a criminal trial ... that's a matter for criminal prosecutors, who by DOJ rules will only indict Trump once he is out of office. But the House Judiary Committee's report does list crimes, including bribery and wire fraud. The report also refutes every lie that Trump's supporters tell.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 18, 2019 11:46 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Yo Deapster, AKA Factotum. They have not released the actual call recording and since the transcript reads almost 20 minutes less than the actual call length I suspect there's a bit more to the "perfect call"... Dont you? But hey, we'll just take Trump's word on this as he's proven to be the most honest, upstanding and honorable man... Oh wait that's not him at all. So yeah, no. He's guilty of this and if you actually read the Mueller report, he is guilt of so, so, so much more. ---------------------- Besides, you do know that can support the policies without supporting the man, right? Or do you actually like him? If that's the case, you're on your own with that hat...

jqb Dec 18, 2019 11:37 AM
Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse

"Well then why wasn't a broken law listed in the articles of impeachment?" -- Read the committee report ... numerous broken laws were enumerated. Trump's supporters simply lie.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 18, 2019 11:25 AM
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Perhaps you should listen to the experts instead of a few talk show hosts? How many constitutional experts have weighed in on this issue? Try every single one (hundreds upon hundreds). And guess what? Barely a handful have come out siding with Trump. Impeachment is a process to remove a bad hire. Its not a criminal trial. It cannot be a criminal trial when the justice department is a wing of the executive branch. Right?

a-1585420264 Dec 18, 2019 11:13 AM
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People keep saying that, "coercing a foreign government to interfere with and influence the outcome of a presidential election" but that is a very skewed description of what actually occurred. Skewed to drive easy to read headlines and rile up half the country for the democrats own agenda.

Factotum Dec 18, 2019 11:08 AM
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SacJon, the better question is what have you got because your narrative is 100% not supported by the phone call transcript, testimony or follow-up events. What have you got?

sacjon Dec 18, 2019 10:57 AM
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If abusing your power as President to influence the next election in your favor isn't "an impeachable offense," then what's the point of having a democracy? Seriously, I'm interested to hear the argument that coercing a foreign government to interfere with and influence the outcome of a presidential election is OK. What you got?

GeneralTree Dec 18, 2019 10:32 AM
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It will take the GOP a long time to recover from this disastrous presidency. So many of his followers will find themselves on a dark side of history.

a-1585420264 Dec 18, 2019 10:22 AM
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About 50 people held a pro-impeachment rally at the Lompoc City Hall. I believe there was a large rally in Santa Maria also. The North County is turning Blue.

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