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Group gathers downtown to protest Trump's acquittal

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Posted at 10:19 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 22:19:37-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Less than an hour after the US Senate acquitted President Donald Trump, people holding signs lined up on Main Street in Lexington.

"I'm out here because this message is simple. It's country over party," said Damon Davenport Jr., a protester.

Clutching signs in the cold, the number of protesters grew from half a dozen to more than 30 as darkness fell in downtown Lexington.

"It's a cold night. And it's a rainy night, and we love this country and we're out here because we care," said Pam James, a protester.

On Wednesday afternoon, both Kentucky Senators along with 50 other Republicans voted to acquit President Donald Trump on both House Articles of Impeachment.

"This partisan impeachment will end today," said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R).

The Senate Majority Leader's campaign blasted potential Democrat opponent Amy McGrath's support for Trump's removal.

McConnell's statement read in part, "McGrath's desire to remove President Trump from office is nothing more than a shameful attempt to silence the voices of the Kentuckians who overwhelmingly voted to elect him."

Senator Rand Paul released a statement, which read that Democrats have been determined to impeach the president since the 2016 election. The statement read in part, "This has been a flagrant abuse of power by the U.S. House, and it took the Senate to end this charade

Protesters tell us that even though the impeachment trial is over, they will continue trying to reach their senators.

"We're still out here. We're still fighting, and still want a good and fair democracy," said Krystal Spencer, a protester.