Protesters have rallied in the streets of cities across the United States to demand the impeachment of President Donald Trump, and at least two people have been arrested. The protests organized by RefuseFascism were held on Saturday in at least 20 locations, including Atlanta, New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, Phoenix, Washington, Boston, Portland and Los Angeles.
RefuseFascism, a vocal opponent of the Trump administration, is calling for an end to the Trump-Pence administration. “The Trump/Pence Regime daily escalates its fascist attacks on immigrants and Muslims, on healthcare and the poor, on Black and Brown people, on women and LGBTQ folks, on the media, on the environment, on the right to protest, on the truth,” the organizers stated on their Facebook account.
In New York City, the activists first gathered outside the Trump Tower and then marched toward Times Square and 9th Avenue, chanting slogans such as “No Trump, No KKK, No fascist USA.” In Atlanta, demonstrators congregated at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and marched along Atlanta’s Beltline.
In Hollywood, Los Angeles, where at least 2 people were arrested, rallies were held by both supporters and opponents of Trump. The arrests resulted from a scuffle among the two groups of demonstrators outside the busy Hollywood and Highland shopping complex.
One Trump supporter was arrested on suspicion of battery after he punched an anti-Trump protester, Los Angeles police Sgt. Neil Wank said. “He shoved a bullhorn in my face,” said the victim who identified himself only as Graywolf, 72. “I pushed him back and he decided that was enough provocation to hit me in the face. He was promptly arrested, and I will be filing charges on this guy.”
This is the second time that Trump supporters and opponents have faced off along Hollywood Boulevard. In March, several activists on both sides held similar demonstrations. “This is my second anti-Trump march that I’ve had in two weeks,” said demonstrator Carrie Copsin. “We want him out of the White House. He does not represent the American people as far as I’m concerned.”
The US Constitution stipulates that a president can be impeached for committing “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but a majority vote in the House, currently controlled by Republicans, is required to impeach a president.