Special Report

Activists Hold “Impeachment Now” Rally Outside U.S. Capitol


On September 26, the U.S. Capitol was the site of a pro-impeachment rally “Impeachment Now!” against President Donald Trump and featured activists from about 18 other liberal-leaning organizations. The rally was organized in response to recent claims that in July President Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as well as his son, Hunter Biden.

Capital Research Center documented the event, where protesters chanted “impeach now” and “this is what democracy feels like.” Visuals spotted during the rally included a large “Impeach” banner, a Trump figure wearing a jail uniform, and signs including one stating “We will Fight to Save the Democracy Trump Destroyed,” and a sign with an abbreviation of TRUMP: “Traitor, Republican, Useful idiot, Manchurian candidate, Putin’s puppet.”

A speaker from Demand Justice, a left-wing judiciary activist group, argued that President Trump “doesn’t believe in rules and he doesn’t believe in the law. He would continue to say, “we need this impeachment inquiry, and we need this impeachment now.” Demand Justice was recently identified as a project of Sixteen Thirty Fund, a lobbying group and part of a half-billion-dollar “dark money” network controlled by the left-wing consulting firm Arabella Advisors.

MoveOn, a George Soros-funded activist group, was one of the main organizers of the rally. MoveOn event coordinator Reggie Hubbard said “we have a president who is willing to extort a foreign leader into interfering in a U.S election, again, for his own personal gain.”

Speakers included controversial Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who told the crowd, “Our focus must remain always on the facts, and the fact is that this president is corrupt.” Rep. Rashida Talib (D-MI) called Trump “a dangerous person to our country.”

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) called on Attorney General William Barr “to either recuse himself or resign,” claiming Barr “puts the problems of the president above the problems of the American people and for that he must go.” Protesters chanted, “Barr must go.”

Alexandra Floris-Quilty, co-founder of the advocacy group By the People, said, “Every day that Donald Trump is in office is a dangerous day for our democracy and for the American people . . . Our movement forced the House of Representatives to advance impeachment proceedings. This is our victory.” By the People is a left-leaning advocacy group with the goal of impeaching President Trump.

You can learn more about the activist groups CRC identified that were present at the rally as well as helping sponsor the event by clicking on their InfluenceWatch profiles:

By the People
Center for American Progress Action Fund
Center for Popular Democracy Action
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Courage Campaign
CREDO Action
Daily Kos
Demand Justice
Democracy for America
End Citizens United Action Fund
Free Speech For People
Generation Progress Action
Hispanic Federation
Indivisible
Kremlin Annex
Mainers for Accountable Leadership
March For Truth
MoveOn
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
Need to Impeach
People For the American Way
Presente.org
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Progressive Democrats Of America
Public Citizen
Sierra Club
Social Security Works
Stand Up America
Working Families
Women’s March

Jonathan Harsh

Jon Harsh holds a master’s degree in political science from James Madison University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from  Beloit College. He is a research intern at the…
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