BOONE — Between 30 and 40 people marched along West King Street in downtown Boone demonstrating in favor of impeaching President Donald J. Trump in the late afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 27.
The event was organized by retired Appalachian State University professor and environmental advocate Harvard Ayers, who briefed attendees on the status of the U.S. House’s impeachment inquiry against Trump, which started Sept. 24 after a whistleblower’s report on what they claimed was Trump’s attempt to have foreign leaders investigate his political opponents. Current Boone Town Council candidate Nancy LaPlaca and Watauga High School student and Sunrise Movement of Boone leader Galen Miller spoke prior to the march.
“We’re the ones following the rule of law, we’re the ones that understand that impeachment isn’t a scheme or a witch hunt — impeachment is our nation’s safeguard against tyranny,” Miller said.
Holding up signs that read “Impeach Trump” and other slogans that decried the president’s actions, protestors marched south on Depot Street to West King Street, going west to the Watauga County Administration Building, then east to Boone Town Hall. At Boone Town Hall, longtime local Democratic activist Pam Williamson spoke to the crowd about the case against the president and why he should be impeached, calling it the most deserved case of impeachment against a sitting U.S. president ever.
“Restraining presidential power has got to be the top priority for conservatives and liberals,” Williamson said.
The protest drew many reactions from passing motorists. Many shouted or honked in favor of the message, while others decried the protestors in support of the president as they drove by.