Capital Region rallies show support and opposition to impeachment

Emily DeVito & WNYT Staff
Updated: December 17, 2019 11:13 PM
Created: December 17, 2019 06:55 PM

On the eve of Wednesday's impeachment vote in Washington, protests and rallies are being held across the country including in the Capital Region.

Hundreds of people lined the intersection at Central Avenue and Wolf Road in Colonie. They were holding signs and calling for Congress to impeach and remove President Donald Trump.

"We're here to uphold the constitution and American flag,” said Mike Camion of Slingerlands. “If we don't do it what're we going to pass on to our children?”

In Glens Falls pro-impeachment protestors also gathered with their signs at the city park. They said they’re calling for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who represents that district, to honor her oath of office. Stefanik has said she will be voting no on impeaching the president.

"Stefanik is ignoring all the facts, all the testimony,” said Joe Seeman with Saratoga Progressive Action. “It's very clear Trump held up congressional aide to Ukraine. He held it up demanding that Ukraine interfere with American elections."

The group marched from the park to Stefanik’s office. That’s where counter protestors supporting the president were standing and chanting. They said they’re not concerned with President Trump being impeached and they are happy with how Stefanik is voting.

"It's never going to make it through the senate we all know that,” said Michael Kibling with North Country Deplorables. “We also know that when President Trump wins in 2020 we're going to have another impeachment and then another impeachment."

While pro-impeachment protestors stayed across the street from Stefanik’s office, Trump supporters went to the other side. At one point there was some arguing between people in the two groups.

Glens Falls police were in attendance to control the groups. Heated protests between the two at Stefanik’s office have been going on for months in the city.

"Their purpose is to be thugs, to disrupt us, they blasted sirens to drown us when we're singing patriotic songs,” said Seeman. “God bless America, America the Beautiful, they yell vicious nasty epithets.”

However both groups said they want peaceful protests with no violence.

"Never been any hostility whatsoever in this area,” said Kibling. “Nobody here has ever been arrested, charged or accused of any kind of violence so they like to spread the narrative.”

Due to the heated protests between the two groups the Glens Falls Common Council is considering a local law that would put regulations on protests. However a vote on the local law was postponed.

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