Does Trump Hear the Protesters?
WASHINGTON – July 19, 2018
Colin Campbell especially for USA Really.
The chants rebuking US President Donald Trump are loud and clear. And protesters here are hoping Trump hears them.
Aaron Tenenbaum, one of the protesters, says: “For the first time in our nation’s history we have a president who doesn’t abide by the constitution and I want to call attention to that."
For the third night in a row, hundreds of demonstrators gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of the White House to challenge the president on allegations of corruption and collusion.
Our correspondent, Colin Campbell, reports from the site: “US President Donald Trump has faced relentless criticism for his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin early this week. The criticism has come from Democrats and Republicans. So much criticism in fact, it forced Trump to clarify a statement that he made at a post meeting press conference.”
The U.S. President was responding to whether Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential elections. Despite reassurances from the White House that the president is not favoring Russia, Trump’s apparent gaffe has bolstered skepticism across the nation.
“I wanted to clarify a sentence. I meant to say I don’t see why it wouldn’t be Russia,” Trump said, by way of explanation.
But many people are not accepting that as a legitimate explanation.
Terri Ringlee, Las Vegas resident, tells us: “What makes me mad is he’s Putin’s puppet. Every word that comes out of his mouth is a lie even though we’ve heard different and I’m sick of it.”
Several lawmakers made appearances, urging protesters to vote Democrat in November to send Trump a message.
Jordan Chapman from Atlanta says: “I’m tired of seeing people not held accountable. And it’s time we put our foot down.”
Protesters also held signs calling for Trump’s impeachment, others urged him to resign and some focused on voter activism.