Dueling Protests Over Impeachment Outside Rep. McBath's Sandy Springs Office

Oct 9, 2019

The sidewalks in front of Rep. Lucy McBath's (D-Marietta) office in Sandy Springs were awash Tuesday with dueling signs and slogans voicing opinions on the ever-evolving impeachment talks in Washington, D.C.

The White House said Tuesday it will not participate in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

On the right side of the street sat a "Trump 2020" charter bus with a deafening train horn that punctuated chants of "Four more years!"

More than 100 anti-impeachment protesters lined the sidewalk, including Joe Webb, a military veteran from Marietta. 

Webb, standing next to a customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle he built to honor Trump, said that Democrats were going down the wrong path.

"Impeachment is absolutely the total wrong thing they should be doing," he said. "They should be uniting and looking at the positive parts of the Republican agenda."

Those things, Webb said, include economic growth, putting more people to work and supporting veterans. 

Sunny Wong, a Chinese-American Republican from Roswell, said impeachment was not good for the country, adding that she felt Trump was focused on the economy and public safety, and the country should unite behind those areas.

The "Stop the Madness" campaign was hosted by Trump Victory and is part of a larger effort by the Republican National Committee to target Democrats in vulnerable districts for their stance on impeachment.

McBath flipped the 6th Congressional District in 2018 by just over 3,000 votes, and a number of Republican challengers are running for the nomination to face off against her in next fall's elections.

On the left side of the street, about 50 or so demonstrators chanted "Lock him up!" and tried to counter-protest the Republican-sponsored event with their own signs. 

Renee Bates drove up from Douglasville to voice her support of McBath and the group calling for Trump's impeachment.

"A lot of people have been fooled as to what he's doing, and I think the impeachment procedure will open some eyes," she said.

Charles Douglas of Roswell said he didn't want to see people hold themselves above the law, which is something he believes Trump is doing.

"We just have to move forward with the impeachment investigation," he said. "And from what I've seen already out there in public, impeach him."

McBath is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and voted on the committee's resolution to conduct an impeachment inquiry in September, writing in a fundraising email last month that "our president is not above the law, and House Democrats and I will continue the impeachment inquiry we voted to start."

But, in recent days, and with a looming tough re-election campaign, the freshman representative has not said much else on the subject.