July 2, 2017 (San Diego) -- An estimated 1500 San Diegans rallied and marched in downtown San Diego today to impeach the president of the United States. The first rally began around 11am in front of the County Admin building. About 45 minutes into the event, the crowd moved off the site onto the streets for a march around the western edge of downtown.
At one point, the marchers halted at a construction site along Pacific Highway owned by big-wig Doug Manchester, former owner of the U-T and grand hotelier to protest his policies. He was recently nominated by Trump to some post.
This reporter stood on a corner and counted more than 1300 people as they marched down Pacific Highway onto Harbor Drive. But I didn’t include those left behind at the rally site and all the stragglers.
Spirits were high, chants were loud and the signs were wonderfully creative. Lots of American flags – in fact, there was a huge US flag carried by over a dozen people that had the words, “Impeach Trump” in large letters. Lots of “Impeach Donald Trump!” chants, and “No Trump, No KKK, no fascist USA!”, plus “Trump is not our leader, he’s a creepy tweeter!” After the marchers took a turn, they returned to the County building for another rally.
There was a band of about 3 dozen counter-protesters, pro-Trump supporters who tried numerous times to disrupt the much larger demonstration with their own chants and music. Some were dressed in helmets and flak jackets and looked like they wanted to rumble. A few sheriffs and other police were around but they didn’t do much to prevent the alt-righters from trying to interfere.
But the event was totally peaceful overall.