A rally at 5:30 p.m. yesterday (12/16) in front of the federal building at 4th and Rood Ave. to support the impeachment of President Trump turned out to be the loudest, most energetic rally in the city’s history as some raucous Trump supporters turned out to counter the demonstration.
About 200 sign-and placard-holding impeachment supporters were met by about 40-50 raucous “Bikers for Trump,” State Representative Janice Rich and other assorted self-styled “Deplorables for Trump” on the steps of the federal building at Rood and 4th Street. Trumpers amplified the volume of their comparatively small crowd by using bullhorns to try to overpower the pro-impeachment chanting, to no avail. Their actions just energized the impeachment crowd even more, who yelled ever more loudly and in unison chants like “Impeach Trump!,” “Lock him up!” and “Flush the turd!” At one point, the entire crowd started chanting “USA! USA!”
The energy was so high in the crowd that at one point there were about four or five Grand Junction Police vehicles on the street, as well as two ambulances waiting on 4th Street with their lights flashing.
It was a cold, clear evening and the rally was held just after sunset on a day when the high temperature in Grand Junction was about 32 degrees. The crowd gathered as the temperature plummeted just after sunset.
The full House of Representatives will vote today to approve two articles of impeachment against Trump: Article I for Abuse of Power and Article II is for Obstruction of Congress. Trump is accused of shaking down the nation of Ukraine by withholding $391 million in military aid from Ukraine until Ukrainian president Zelensky capitulated to Trump’s demand that he publicly announce an investigation into former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s potential rival for the 2020 election. Trump is accused of using the power of the presidency for personal gain, and obstructing Congress’ attempt to investigate his behavior. Trump blockaded investigations by ordering key witnesses to disobey lawfully-issued subpoenas and by withholding documents lawfully requested by Congress.
The rally lasted about an hour before dissipating.