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Texas Politics

Hundreds in Fort Worth, Arlington join nationwide rallies urging Trump’s impeachment


About 300 people gathered outside U.S. Rep. Kay Granger’s office in Fort Worth on Tuesday to call for the House of Representatives to vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Protesters held signs and chanted at Granger’s office. Also, about 100 people showed up to protest at the office of U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, R-Arlington.

The rally was one of hundreds of protests across the country that were coined “Nobody is Above the Law” events organized by the nonprofit MoveOn. The House will vote Wednesday on the articles of impeachment against Trump.

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Drivers passing the crowd on South University Drive near Granger’s office honked at those lined on the sidewalk. Some cheered, while others yelled at the protesters.

Granger’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the rally.

A “Nobody is Above the Law” rally organized by Indivisible TX-24 was also planned outside U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant’s office in Irving.

‘Nobody is above the law’

Kelvin Handy, who was in the Air Force for 20 years, said Trump’s actions in the White House are personal. Trump’s dismantling of NATO, for example, was a step toward undoing much of what Handy worked for as a nuclear missile launch officer and air craft maintenance officer, he said.

“I take it personally because of my military service,” said Handy, who lives in Midlothian.

Many at the rally held signs proclaiming messages such as “Dump Trump,” “Nobody is Above the Law,” and “History is Watching.”

Mike Lavender held a sign that said, “Veteran for Impeachment.” He said Trump “is not our divine king, he’s not above the law.”

“I’m not ready to give him a pass,” he said.

Shannon Solberg from Fort Worth said Trump needs to be held accountable for actions such as withholding foreign aid from Ukraine, and he “is not above the law.”

A little more than 10 miles away in southwest Arlington, another crowd gathered outside Wright’s office.

For 45 minutes more than 100 people walked, waved signs, chanted and made it known how they want Wright to vote Wednesday.

Whether it makes a difference doesn’t matter, they said. The demonstrators feel like they made their point.

“I think it makes a difference when you look at history and to show others across the world that there are Americans who do believe in our Constitutional values and want to uphold and protect our democracy,” said organizer Jennifer Quick, who had 300 people RSVP for the event.

“Whether it changes the outcome or how things play out in the Senate might be a moot point, but I think it shows something that thousands upon thousands of Americans took the streets on the eve of the impeachment to say, ‘Hey this isn’t OK.’”

The demonstrators made laps around Wright’s office chanting phrases like “Down with Trump. Down with Traitors,” and “Who’s Above the Law? Nobody’s Above the Law.”

Everyone who wanted to speak had their voices heard. To those in attendance, that was a win.

“This definitely means something,” said Arlington resident Ginger Ruiz. “At the end of the day it’s going to be what it’s going to be, but you have to stand up for what you believe in. The fact I’m able to express what I believe in is important.”

Trump endorses Granger

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted his endorsement of Granger in her re-election campaign.

“Congresswoman Kay @GrangerCampaign has worked for Texas and been a strong support of our #MAGA Agenda,” he tweeted. “She’s strong on #2A and Securing our Border and is 100% pro-life. Kay has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Lisa Welch, a Democrat vying to win the primary and run against Granger in the upcoming election for the 12th Congressional District, said Granger spends very little time in Fort Worth.

“We choose representatives to go and represent us, not to represent just the president or Russia,” Welch said. “She has visited on our time and spends very little time in our district meeting with our constituents.”

Welch said the allegations that Trump asked Ukraine to interfere with the U.S. election system is “an impeachable offense.”

In a statement on Dec. 5, Granger defended Trump and called the impeachment a “partisan crusade.”

“Democrats in Congress need to stop their partisan witch-hunt and get back to the job hardworking taxpayers sent them here to do,” she said.

Crystal Womack, who lives in Fort Worth, said she does not feel that Granger is seeing things clearly.

“I really think this guy is acting like a king, and we don’t have any kings,” she said. “I don’t think that he’s the sort of person who needs to run our country at this time with the type of behavior he has.”

In a press release responding to Trump’s endorsement, Granger said she was “proud of my proven, conservative record of delivering results for the people of my district, and I look forward to working with President Trump to build the wall, secure our border, and rebuild our nation’s military into the strongest fighting force in history.”

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