Over one hundred citizens gathered in peaceful protest at the Savannah office of Buddy Carter as part of the #NoOneIsAbovetheLaw protest movement which swept the nation at 5 p.m. local time yesterday evening in order to protect the ongoing Mueller investigation.
The protest is in response to Trump’s decision to fire Attorney Jeff Sessions and replace him with Matthew Whitaker, a political pundit who has been outspoken in his support of Trump’s ending the Mueller investigation into Russian participation in the 2016 presidential election. Whitaker recently announced plans to reduce funding for the investigation “so low that his investigation grinds almost to a halt.” It’s because of these statements that citizens felt the need to show their support for the Mueller investigation.
A MoveOn petition created after Session’s firing was announced which demanded that the investigation be protected has gained over 160,000 signatures since Wednesday, November 7.
Protest organizer Vicki Weeks, Georgia state coordinator of the Dogwood Alliance, said, “We’re here today because we believe in the rule of law and we have a President apparently that doesn’t. We’re here today to say enough is enough. We stand with Americans across the country to confront President Trump’s blatant attempts to interfere and shut down the Mueller investigation. We are here to stand up to Donald Trump. We the people are the ultimate power in our democracy…it is we the people that must stand up to this latest attempt to protect himself, his family, and his indicted associates from being held accountable.”
Individuals arrived at the office carrying protest signs that read “No One Is Above the Law—Not Even the Orange One”, “Join the Resistance”, “Trump the Truth”, and more. Protesters volunteered to read portions of a speech written for the protest, chanting highlights of the speech such as, “Congress Do Your Job”, “The People’s Attorney”, “Save Our Democracy”, “Recuse”, and “Nobody Is Above The Law.”
After the speech, protestors lined the sidewalk and median of Abercorn Street, waving their signs and cheering as drivers honked their horns in support. The group stayed until dark, returning to their cars once it was too dark to see.
Everyone in attendance seemed pleased with the turnout. Local activist, speaker, and podcast host of “Stepping Into Truth” Omkari Williams told young protestors on the sidewalk, “What your generation is gonna need to do is keep poster board and markers in bulk because you’re gonna be doing this for a long time.”
Over 1,000 United States cities participated in the nationwide protests. For more information, check out: https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org