CROWD PROTESTS WHI­TAKER AP­POINT­MENT

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Ret­tew bret­tew@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @wc­dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

More than 150 ac­tivists joined a hastily or­ga­nized demon­stra­tion, Thurs­day at dusk, to protest Pres­i­dent Trump’s in­stal­la­tion of long­time ally Matthew Whi­taker as act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral.

In turn, the demon­stra­tors sup­ported Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what some say was Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The rally took place at the his­toric court­house, two days after the midterm elec­tion and a day after the forced res­ig­na­tion of At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions.

Jes­sica Wein­garten, chair of In­di­vis­i­ble Ch­ester County, told the crowd that there is strength in num­bers.

“What I’m here for is to tell peo­ple that there is light at the end of the tun­nel, be­cause good al­ways tri­umphs over evil,” Wein­garten said. “There are many things we need to do and the most im­por­tant of all is that we must love them more than they hate us.”

She said the peo­ple who came out to the rally were sup­port­ing Amer­ica.

“The more we stand to­gether, the more we can ac­com­plish,” she said. “We stand as one.” Protest signs were held high. The au­di­ence roared as Claire Weit­zleben shouted chants and

the demon­stra­tors replied in kind.

“Who is above the law?” she yelled.

“No one is above the law,” they re­sponded.

“Trump is not above the law.” The crowd got louder. “When lib­erty is un­der at­tack, what do we do?” “Stand up, fight back.” Thurs­day’s demon­stra­tors mouthed a chant voiced by pro­test­ers who reg­u­larly meet Fri­days, a cou­ple hun­dred feet away at Rep. Ryan Costello’s, R-6, for­mer of­fice.

“Show me what democ­racy looks like,” Weit­zleben said.

And they re­sponded: “This is what democ­racy looks like.”

Tammy Hark­ness is a mem­ber of Con­cerned Con­stituent Ac­tion Group.

“We be­lieve in the rule of law,” she said. “We have a present who doesn’t be­lieve in the rule of law.

“Enough is enough. We have to stand up against Don­ald Trump.”

Down­ing­town Mayor Josh Maxwell hoped the na­tion­wide event sends a mes­sage to Trump.

“We be­lieve in fair­ness and the truth,” Maxwell said. “We won’t fol­low any­body blindly.

“We’re go­ing to do what’s right, fol­low the truth and never give up.”

Garen Megue­rian is with Way For­ward Phoenixville and ad­dressed Tues­day’s vote.

“Democ­racy is not for cit­i­zen spec­ta­tors,” he said. “We must re­main en­gaged.

“We can­not be­come com­pla­cent even for a minute.”

BILL RET­TEW - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Signs were every­where on the steps of the his­toric court­house.

BILL RET­TEW - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Dusk set­tles in at a Mueller rally.

BILL RET­TEW - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Tammy Hark­ness, left, and Jes­sica Wein­garten lead 150 demon­stra­tors op­posed to Jeff Ses­sions forced res­ig­na­tion.

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