It is a shame that people have to protest outside the office of a Congress-person to get the President of the United States impeached. This says a lot about the country we live. The purpose is true; this man thinks he can get away with anything.
Several demonstrators were arrested on Capitol Hill Wednesday as progressives rallied to demand that Democrats in the House initiate, without delay, impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
The action involved a sit-in at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office. Grassroots groups CREDO Action and By the People, the organizers, were joined in the morning by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).
Tlaib last month signed a pledge calling on lawmakers to "defend us from a president who believes he can get away with anything."
The congresswoman and other demonstrators argued that the president must be held accountable for his alleged obstruction of justice, violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause, and abuses of power, and that Democrats should use their control of the House to ensure that he is.
"For me as a member of Congress, it's so important that I make sure that I check this president and even my colleagues when I feel they are not abiding by the U.S. constitution," Tlaib told demonstrators, outlining Trump's alleged violation of the emoluments clause, which bans the president from receiving gifts or payments from foreign and state governments, as one reason to begin impeachment proceedings:
Many of you have heard me say, 'Look, he's a sitting CEO as well as president of the United States'...You see people spending money at his hotels and then the next day lobbbying the federal government.
If we don't hold impeachment proceedings today, start them today and hold him accountable to followingg the U.S. constitution, think about that. This is not going to be the last CEO that runs for President of the United States. This is not going to be the last person that tries to get away with this.
Demonstrators appealed to Pelosi's staff, asking them to deliver their message to her.