NEWARK, NJ — Chants advocating for the impeachment of President Donald Trump reverberated just below the offices of U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez Tuesday night.
The rally was made possible by MoveOn.org, which prompted hundreds of thousands of people across the country to participate in 600 events to declare that "nobody is above the law."
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday is expected to take historic votes on articles of impeachment that are expected to make Trump the third president in American history to be impeached.
Rally hosts were anticipating more than 180 people to join the demonstration. At its peak, approximately 30 protesters raised their voices on the freezing, rainy night.
"I’m concerned about my country," said Bill Chappel, rally host. "I used to respect the other side of the aisle, being honest upright people. Now, I’m worried that this nation’s values are going away.”
The crowd was peaceful in its approach and stayed contained to the corner of Raymond Plaza Boulevard and Market Street, just across from Newark Penn Station. The rally took place during the height of rush hour, and many travelers seemed amused by the protest and drivers honked their horns in support.
The protesters faced little opposition during the demonstration, with the exception of a passerby giving a thumbs down, and later the finger, as he swiftly walked by. Another passerby angrily raised her voice against the protesters but kept moving.
"We absolutely have to remove Trump and the Republicans from office because they're violating every norm, they're destroying democracy 100%, and I want other people to realize how grave this is," said Karen Guancione, a protester. "It's not about difference of opinion, this is just really destroying democracy in every way so I want more people to come out."
Protesters' chants consisted of, "Impeach and remove!" "We wish you a swift impeachment and a happy new year," "This is what democracy looks like," "What do we want? Impeachment! When do we want it? Now!" and "Who's above the law? Nobody is above the law. Is Trump above the law? Nobody is above the law."
"What brought me out here today is the framers of the constitution," said Noah Schwartz, a protester. "This is exactly what they had in mind when they were putting together ideas behind impeachment. Trump ticks all the boxes, can't let it stand. The fact that the GOP is complicit and letting him get away with it is just absolutely mind-boggling. I hope Ronald Reagan is rolling over in his grave somewhere."