Noisy, dueling impeachment demonstrations happened Wednesday outside the West Jordan office of Rep. Ben McAdams, Utah‘s only Democrat in Congress.
Two sides of the debate were mostly separated by a small section of parking lot, but at times, pavement was no buffer for passions.
National Republicans organized one event, dubbed “Stop the Madness” over impeachment — and progressives showed up for a counter-rally.
“This is what democracy looks like,“ yelled the latter, as members walked across the parking lot toward supporters of President Donald Trump.
One man, who said he is a Vietnam veteran — but would not give his name — ripped the sign of a counter-demonstrator, saying the demonstrator had invaded his personal space.
“Trump loves you, Trump loves you,“ said James Evans, former Utah GOP chair, holding a bullhorn.
“Thank you Ben, thank you Ben,” yelled those at the counter-rally, a reference to McAdams’ recent support for the impeachment inquiry.
“Why did you come out today?“ 2News asked Renee Athay, who led the chants of the pro-impeachment forces.
“Because I believe in the rule of law,“ she replied.
Evans called the impeachment drive a “Nancy Pelosi farce,” and said the process is stacked against the president, with Republicans iced from fact-finding.
“You can’t get to the truth. You don’t have both sides getting information," he told 2News.
Leland Pollock, a Garfield County commissioner, said Trump is the first president to listen to him and his counterparts over land policy.
“I don’t see that he’s done anything wrong,“ Pollock said.
Chanters on the other side said “no one is above the law,” and Kevin Paulson declined to answer what he thought of the president’s supporters just feet away.
“I would rather not comment, because it’s not nice,” he said.
Former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, an early and devoted Trump supporter, decried the impeachment process, and wondered if members of Congress “would just spend five minutes of their day doing the work of the people.”
A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said the party is holding Stop the Madness events outside offices of “vulnerable” Democrats across the country.
But there was apparently no protest outside the office of Senator Mitt Romney, though he has been sharply critical of the president — arguably more so than McAdams.