While Americans ‘Have Been Waiting Two Years For Congress to Do Its Job,’ Arrests End Impeach Trump Sit-In Within Two Minutes

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At least 20 people were arrested in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday as they participated in a sit-in to demand that President Donald Trump be impeached.

Dozens of protesters from across the country came to Washington for the action. The grassroots groups behind the sit-in, By the People, tweeted from the scene that Capitol Police began making arrests just two minutes into the demonstration.

Meanwhile, the group wrote, many Americans “have been waiting over two years for Congress to do its job and impeach.”

“It’s been two years of Trump’s corruption, abuse of power, violation of our Constitution, and attacks on our democracy. It took two minutes to arrest protesters, so why two years for this?” said By the People.

Before the arrests began, the demonstrators displayed a sign reading, “If Congress won’t defend the Constitution then we the people will.”

“Ain’t no power like the power of the people, ’cause the power of the people don’t stop!” the group chanted.

“What’s it going to take to impeach Trump? It’s going to take all of us,” said By the People organizer Anthony Torres in a statement. “We, the people, must hit the streets and enter the halls of power in the thousands. Congress will not fulfill their constitutional duty until the constituents they depend on to stay in office force them to put us over party politics.”

Forty-five percent of Americans support impeachment proceedings against the president, according to a poll released last week by Reuters/Ipsos—more than the number that backed the move before a Congressional committee passed articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1974.

“Today we take action in D.C. to defend our democracy and our people,” Alexandra Flores-Quilty, another organizer with the group, said in a statement. “We are a part of the millions of Americans who support impeachment…[Lawmakers] put party before country, and political calculations over their oaths of office. Today we say no more. Congress, you are on notice—it is time to impeach.”

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Dems it’s time to do the job you said you would. I’m sick and tired of this POS in the White House doing and saying whatever he wants. IT’s time to impeach, even if it takes long time. Just put the pressure on this sicko. Maybe he will do us a favor and pull a Hitler.

Dick Panico
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We need Mueller to go before Congress and tell it like it is . Either impeachment or forget about it. It’s up to the house and Mueller to get it done if it’s deserved. Arrest the AG if he doesn’t respond to subpoenas ,and anyone else that doesn’t , like that which would happen to us “average folks “.If we cannot do that , we are finished as Democracy. No one will listen to any courts in the land . Read history about lost Democracy’s . They all began with a Hitler type , which is what Trump is .… Read more »