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Rally on the eve of impeachment vote

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Posted at 10:50 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 23:39:06-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A historic vote could take place on Wednesday in Washington, as the House of Representatives is expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

The debate has split Congress down partisan lines.

On the night before the historic votes, supporters of impeachment rallied across the country, including three such events in Kentucky.

In Lexington, protesters called out local politicians such as Senator Mitch McConnell and Rep. Andy Barr, who support President Trump as he faces impeachment.

"I think what's happening tonight will send a clear message that we do not want a president in office that's not going to work for the people," said Damon Davenport, a Lexington activist.

"He has failed citizens just like me, and I'm here to hold him accountable for that," said McKayla Weaver, one of the rally organizers.

To some protesters, the future of democracy is at stake.

"I'm a veteran. I'm 80-years-old. I've had enough of this president," said Bob Moore. "He is the very worst, and most dangerous, president we've ever seen."

As darkness fell and the speeches in Courthouse Square ended, marchers took their message down Main Street.

While impeachment has been a partisan process in Washington, there were some Republicans in Lexington among the protesters.

"I'm a lifelong moderate Republican. I'm very concerned about the direction of our country," said Chuck Eddy.

Chuck Eddy is also running in the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District, a seat held by staunch Trump supporter Andy Barr.

But this candidate says country is more important than party.

"Our constitution is 230 years old. Our democracy is 243 years old. That trumps, pardon the pun, trumps any Republican, Democrat, anything," said Eddy.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he would coordinate impeachment trial strategy directly with the White House.

On Tuesday, he addressed reporters in Washington.

"Impeachment is a political decision. The House made a partisan political decision to impeach, I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I'm not impartial about this at all," said McConnell.

At the end of the march, we did find one Trump supporter who came to the rally.

Even though he didn't want to reveal his name, he wore his view on his sign.

"Clearly, I don't support the impeachment of our president. I voted for our president," said the unidentified Trump supporter. "It's important that we disagree, and can do it in a civil manner."

The lone Democrat representative in the House from Kentucky, John Yarmuth, has said that he will vote for impeachment.

The other five Kentucky congressmen are expected to vote against it.