A group of about 30 people gathered Saturday, Nov. 10, at Ipswich’s War Memorial Green, 36 South Main St., to protest what they saw as President Donald Trump’s effort to short circuit an investigation into his administration
Trump demanded former Attorney General Jeff Session’s resignation on Wednesday, Nov. 7, just after the midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Sessions had recused himself from Independent Council Robert Mueller's investigation into charges Trump colluded with Russia in the Presidential election of 2016 .
Trump appointed Dale Whittaker, a critic of the Mueller investigation, acting Attorney General.
Protesters objected to the entire series of events.
Some signs group members carried said:
“No one is above the law;”
“Rule of law, not rule of Trump;”
“Rule of law/accountability.”
But not everyone agreed.
A Chrysler PT Cruiser slowed as group members showed their placards at the edge of South Main Street and the driver shouted, “Trump is the best President we’ve ever had!”
Wendy Dabcovich begged to disagree.
“I think we should impeach Trump,” Dabcovich said, holding her, “No one is above the law,” sign. “I don’t understand the reluctance.”
Fellow protester Nancy Soucy had different priorities.
“I’m not concerned about that detail [impeachment],” Soucy said. “I feel Trump has hijacked the government. The fact is he’s not performing, not even as a decent human being. I’ve wondered if the Electoral College would reconsider its vote if it knew how Trump would be.”
Protesters read from a 10-point list the group moveon.org supplied.
“We stand with Americans across the country to confront President Trump’s efforts to interfere and shut down the Mueller investigation;”
“We the people are the ultimate power in our democracy. Donald Trump can’t take that away from us no matter how hard he tries;”
“The Mueller investigation must continue to be protected in the Justice Department.”
“MoveOn members are committed to an inclusive and progressive future,” says the group’s Web page.
Lakshmi Sirois, a protest organizer, said 127 people had responded to the Ipswich Community Action Group’s RSVP.
Sirois noted the group had about 300 people show up for its gun-safety rally following the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people died in February.
“Gatherings like this make a difference. They show Ipswich cares. We won’t be silent,” Sirois said.