Cold doesn't stop dozens in Duluth from rallying in support of Trump impeachment
A crowd of around 60 gathered on the eve of the U.S. House's impeachment vote.
With chants of "this is what democracy looks like" and "Donald Trump has got to go," around 60 people rallied in downtown Duluth on Tuesday night in support of impeaching President Donald Trump.
The crowd gathered at Minnesota Power Plaza on the eve of the U.S. House of Representatives' vote on impeachment, expected on Wednesday. Although all were in support of impeaching the president, some shared that they don't foresee Trump being removed from office.
As part of the nationwide "No One Is Above the Law" movement, Duluth's rally was held in conjunction with hundreds of others across the country. The crowd drew honks from passing vehicles as they stood on the plaza's sidewalk and towering snowbanks.
Leyla Maki and Lauren Smith were among the crowd gathered in the bitter cold on Tuesday night.
The high school students from Hermantown couldn't cast ballots in the last presidential elections, as both only recently turned 18.
This, they said, pushed them to go beyond calling local politicians to voice support for impeachment. They rallied because they don't see the views of their generation — Generation Z — represented in politics.
"It's just been really crazy watching him get elected and having to go through this whole four-year cycle without really being able to do much," Maki said. "We're going to do everything we could to exercise our civic duties."
For some at the rally, their focus was on Rep. Pete Stauber's vote.
Mike Kuitu, a Duluth resident, was dressed as Santa Claus and held a sign saying that Trump was on the "naughty list." He would like to see Stauber vote to impeach tomorrow, as well as hopes to eventually see Trump impeached — but he doesn't believe the Senate will vote to do so, he said.
Stauber (R-Hermantown) told the News Tribune in an interview earlier this month that the impeachment proceedings are burdening the nation — not the president.
"The way I look at it, we need to get back to work for the American people," Stauber said.
He's a part of the House Republican caucus that voted unanimously against the resolution to launch the impeachment inquiry. Minority leadership has voiced confidence that party members will stand behind the president with their votes.
Members of the House will take up two articles of impeachment that allege the president engaged in abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. If approved, the articles would be passed to the Senate for an impeachment trial, expected to begin in January.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Wednesday's vote. In a six-page letter sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he declared the impeachment process invalid and that he's had less due process than those tried during the Salem Witch Trials.
Eva Sevastiades was holding a sign that alluded to George Orwell's novel 1984, reading "make Orwell fiction again."
Sevastiades has followed the impeachment closely. She said Trump has engaged in quid pro quo by withholding aid to Ukraine.
"Not only is he a burden (on) Congress, he's also placed his personal political interests above the law and those of his people and the country," she said.