With signs, flags and flashlights, more than 60 protesters gathered Thursday evening in downtown Bowling Green to rally against a possible end to an ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The local event was part of hundreds of national protests after President Donald Trump’s appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The protesters fear Whitaker could interfere with or end special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned Wednesday at Trump’s request, had recused himself from the investigation because of his involvement in Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Standing in front of the William H. Natcher Federal Building, the activists chanted “investigations don’t stop, just because you fired a cop,” “democracy is not a reality show,” “conclusion, collusion,” and “recuse.”
Betty Anderson, a Bowling Green resident, wore red, blue and a sign that read “Nobody is above the law.”
“I’m tired of Trump pretending he’s the king,” Anderson said.
Lisa Mo of Bowling Green said she came to stand in unity with other concerned citizens.
“We’re here to say we’re supporting our country, our democracy,” said Mo, who carried a “Tre45on” sign. “We don’t want it becoming a fascist dictatorship. … If we don’t speak up now, then we won’t have a country left.”
Daniel Brantley of Bowling Green said he attended his first protest Thursday evening.
“The current acting attorney general must recuse himself,” Brantley said.
Maureen Davis, the protest’s organizer, delivered a short speech before the crowd walked to Fountain Square Park.
“Bowling Green’s a tiny town, but I’m glad we got the people to turn out and show that they care about saving democracy,” Davis said. “The news from yesterday for many of us felt like a real breaking point, upon thousands and thousands of breaking points that we’ve felt over the past two years.
“These are not political differences, these are moral differences. The American people deserve the truth, and they deserve accountability,” Davis said.