New Yorkers are making their opposition to this week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol heard, and calling for President Trump’s immediate impeachment.
On Wednesday, January 6, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, resulting in its complete lockdown and at least five deaths. The actions were provoked by the President himself, who encouraged supporters to protest the count of states’ electoral votes happening in Congress, calling them to take action and promising the protest would be “wild.”
According to social media account NYC Protest Updates, last night (January 7) almost 500 New Yorkers gathered at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which has become a kind of rallying point for social justice movements, in order to denounce the actions at the Capitol and call for the impeachment of the President due to his dangerous actions.
They heard from speakers like NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who also voiced his agreement earlier in the day:
The work tonight on Capitol Hill can’t end by just certifying results
— Jumaane Williams (@JumaaneWilliams) January 7, 2021
More than 400 bundled-up New Yorkers are listening to speakers, includinh @NelStamp and @JumaaneWilliams, outside Barclays Center during a rally to #GetHimOut after yesterday's armed Capitol insurrection. pic.twitter.com/cSZWVcNf5n
— NYC Protest Updates (@protest_nyc) January 7, 2021
The “Get Him Out” rally grew and later marched to New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s NYC home on Prospect Park West, demanding the President’s impeachment.
Approx 500 protestors pause their marching to send a message to Chuck Schumer outside his NYC residence on Prospect Park West:
Impeach Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/nWiVXI2dQa
— NYC Protest Updates (@protest_nyc) January 8, 2021
The soon-to-be Senate majority leader has said that if the President’s cabinet does not invoke the 25th amendment (in which the VP would become president because the president is “inable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”), then Congress is prepared to go through with a second impeachment hearing.
The quickest and most effective way—it can be done today—to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment.
If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress must reconvene to impeach President Trump.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 7, 2021
There are more marches planned for this weekend:
- 7pm, Friday, January 8, Gathering at McCarren Park in Brooklyn
- 7pm, Friday, January 8, Gathering at Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side
This comes after many NYC elected officials, including the Mayor, have also called for Trump’s removal from office.
featured image source: Video still, @protest_nyc