Parties to Mark Presidents’ Day and Call on Congress to Begin Trump Impeachment

(SAN FRANCISCO, February 8, 2018)—More than 5,000 people across the country have signed on to host a “Party to Impeach”—an initiative started by Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer to mobilize communities across the country and increase pressure on members of Congress to impeach Donald Trump.

The parties will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17—Presidents’ Day weekend—in every state across the country, demonstrating the Need to Impeach movement’s increasing reach, diversity, and strength. Since its launch on Oct. 20, nearly 4.6 million people have signed on to support the Need to Impeach movement, creating a digital army that political strategists call one of the most formidable forces in Democratic politics.

“Impeachment supporters across the country are gathering to send a clear message to all members of Congress: impeach Donald Trump now,” said Steyer. “Trump has more than met the standard for impeachment, and the only thing holding the process back are members of Congress focusing on partisan political considerations over the good of the country and the safety of Americans. If they do not answer the call for impeachment, voters will take note of that in November.”

Cities where parties will be hosted include: Chicago; Houston; San Diego; Las Vegas; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Detroit; Louisville, Ky.; San Antonio; Indianapolis; Miami; Tucson, Ariz.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Albuquerque, N.M.; Honolulu; and Salt Lake City. Steyer will attend parties being held in Philadelphia, including one hosted by Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.).

Dozens of the country’s leading legal scholarshave documented eight impeachable offensescommitted by Trump, which—in addition to obstruction of justice—include abusing pardon power, violating the emoluments clause, conspiring with others to commit crimes against the United States, and undermining freedom of the press.

Congressional support for impeachment has also increased, with 66 members—eight more than a previous vote—recently voting in favor of removing Trump from office after he made racist comments while discussing immigration in January.

“We have sworn to protect the interests of those who elected us to serve,” said Rep. Evans. “Trump has far surpassed the standards for impeachment, putting the lives of all Americans at risk. I urge my colleagues to adhere to our Constitutional duties to safeguard the pillars of our democracy, along with our constituents’ well-being and safety.”

“Party to Impeach” host Lisa Levinski of Fairfax, Va., said: “I’ve had enough with the President’s abuses of power, clear obstruction of justice, and risky, erratic behavior. I’m planning this party to mobilize my community, build bridges between all of us who stand for safety and freedom, and to tell our elected officials: Stand up for us now, or you will soon be replaced by someone who will.”

Those who would like to host house parties can learn more here.

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Steyer is available for media interviews by contacting Need to Impeach Head of Communications Erik Olvera at [email protected]