HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Just one day before the U.S. House of Representatives was expected to vote on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, hundreds of rallies were held in support of that very move.
Several of those rallies happened here in the Midstate, calling for not only the impeachment of the President but also his removal from office.
One rally brought hundreds to the Capitol steps Tuesday night in Harrisburg.
“If Trump was not President, he would have been indicted for the things he had done,” Mechanicsburg resident Sage Wright said.
She was one of hundreds who flooded the steps, calling for a full impeachment.
“I’m not against Republicans, I like Republicans, I’m against the divisive nature that Trump is promoting,” said Kevin Hortens, of Newport.
“The President abused his power to try and preserve his office, and we can’t let that stand,” said Tad Wright, of Mechanicsburg.
Ralliers say the President abused his power when he asked a foreign government to investigate a political rival.
“He got caught, that’s what happened. He got caught, and God bless the whistleblower,” said John Maxton, of Camp Hill.
But Trump and his allies are calling this impeachment process the latest attempt in what they believe is an ongoing, partisan witch hunt.
“The Democrats for the last three and a half years have been focused endlessly, whether it was Mueller, Russia, now it’s Ukraine, on trying to take down Donald Trump,” said Rick Gorka, a Trump campaign spokesman, speaking to ABC27 via Skype from Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.
He says these rallies and the impeachment are about one thing.
“This has been what the Democrats have wanted to do: they’ve wanted to unravel the results of 2016,” said Gorka. “The Democrats have been hell-bent to try to remove President Trump since he won, and this is just the manifestation of that effort.”
Gorka wants voters in Pennsylvania, a vital swing state, to go red once again, saying the President has delivered on trade, immigration, and the economy.
“I doubt Connor Lamb or any other member of the Pennsylvania delegation ran on impeaching Donald Trump. That was a battle cry in Los Angeles, not in Harrisburg, not in Pittsburgh,” Gorka said.
The rally in Harrisburg was not the only one in the Midstate, as similar gatherings were also held in York and Lancaster, all under the umbrella of “Nobody Is Above the Law: Impeach and Remove.”