“Nobody is above the law” was the message from Kern County protesters who gathered in front of the Liberty Bell in downtown Bakersfield on the eve of the House of Representatives’ expected impeachment vote.
The protest was part of more than 600 national rallies calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal, said organizer Julie Solis.
About 50 Kern County residents carrying posters that said “You’re fired,” “Lock him up” and “Read the Constitution” attended the event, eager to share just how “fed up” they are with the administration and the impeachment proceedings.
“We’ve all been watching these impeachment hearings going on and it gets to a point where enough is enough, has nobody read the Constitution?” Solis asked. “We’re fed up. The community’s coming out today just to be heard and let others know it’s OK to come out of hiding in this conservative hub here in Kern County.”
Individuals were heard shouting “Impeach Trump” and “Who’s above the law? No one” while vehicles driving along Truxtun Avenue honked their horns in support.
“It’s so important to be here,” said Kern River Valley resident Ellen Schafhauser. “Nobody is above the law, and this president thought he was.”
Speeches and chants were also directed toward Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, who some believe is not doing his part to support justice and truth.
“He’s out of touch with us,” said Robin Whelan of Tehachapi, who said she left the Republican Party in 2016. “He’s just standing behind him ... he totally sold out.”
Throughout the rally five pickup trucks equipped with Trump 2020 and other pro-Trump flags drove up and down Truxtun Avenue. The two groups did not interact directly, however — the truck drivers blared their horns as they drove past the group, while the protesters continued their chants and speeches. Solis also said she received death threats for organizing the event.
The House of Representatives will likely vote on two articles of impeachment Wednesday — one with abuse of power and one with obstruction of Congress. For the president to be removed from office, the Senate must convict him with a two-thirds majority. Most believe the Republican-controlled Senate has already made up its mind and will keep him in office, which Solis doesn’t think is fair.
“We’re standing in front of the Kern County courthouse. If I had been in for jury duty and said someone’s guilty ... I would have been excused as a juror,” Solis explained. “I’m here in an optimistic way — we all know Trump needs to be impeached — but I’m also here out of frustration knowing that with the Senate majority and them being very impartial, how far truly is this going to go?”