On June 3rd, protesters took to the streets to call for an independent investigation into alleged links between President Donald Trump and Russia. This comes days before former FBI Director James Comey publicly testifies on June 8th to the Senate intelligence committee regarding allegations of Trump attempting to obstruct the Russia investigation, which has been noted as an impeachable offense. These protestors gathered in over 135 cities around the country including Chicago, New York, and Washington.
Protestors were not only calling for the investigation of Trump and Russia, but also asking for the release of Trump’s taxes and for the administration to recognize climate change as a global effort including the United States. There are many opinions who argue that Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement was never about him not believing climate change but that it was meant to damage the, as Breitbart calls it, “crowning achievement of globalist liberal-internationalism.”
Andrea Chalupa, an organizer with the March for Truth, told ABC News “People have to understand that this is a president who not only is trying to lead a cover-up of his own Russia ties, but he has a problem with the truth in general. So we’re here standing up for the truth.”
Is this march helpful to the agendas of Democrats? It would seem like it is helping. The director of the Women’s March, Paola Mendoza, who was also at the New York March for Truth, said to ABC News “The Women’s March stands side by side with the March for Truth because when we fight for truth, we are also fighting for the undocumented communities, for women, for Muslim brothers and sisters and our planet.” If Democrats can continue this flow of energy radiating across the country, they may be able to take back seats in the House and Senate during the 2018 mid elections. At least, that’s the hope.
However, the liberal public aren’t the only ones going out to the streets to let their voices be heard. Although the marchers on the conservative side are far smaller, they still exist and shouldn’t be ignored because they represent a portion of the country that doesn’t attend marches. As the hardcore base of Donald Trump continues to support him, they took Trump’s remarks after withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and rallied with it at the White House on the same day as the March for Truth. In the Trump rally, signs can be seen that read “Pittsburgh not Paris”, which the president used in his speech to say that his concerns as president are with the United States and not with Paris. A flaw in this rally cry is that although it is called the Paris Agreement, it is an agreement to better the world and not just Paris.
Are marches like these hurtful to the agendas of Democrats? They can be. If protestors are careful and remember to keep their attention on showing the country the flaws in Trump’s administration and Republican Congressmen instead of Republican voters themselves, then the marches can continue to be helpful. However, if protesters aim their attention at Trump voters and wrongfully stereotype all Republican voters as racists, homophobes, or xenophobes, then liberals could find themselves with a fired up Republican base who seek to fight back by voting Republicans into office in 2018.
If protestors and Democrat officials can continue to stay on message, there’s a good chance all the marches can persuade more people to vote in the midterm elections. If the 2018 elections seem unimportant, remember that all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election and 34 of the 100 Senate seats will be up for election. The 2018 elections have the potential to be one of the most influential midterm elections since the midterm elections of 2002 following the 9/11 terror attacks.