Days after deadly violence erupted at the U.S. Capitol at the behest of President Trump, resulting in several deaths, including that of a Capitol Police Officer, a group of Trump Supporters held a “patriot rally” outside the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort.
An advertisement for the gathering, posted in the “United Kentucky” Facebook group on Jan. 2, claimed it would be “the biggest patriot rally the state of Kentucky has ever seen.”
Around 100 mostly armed protesters showed up around noon on Saturday to stand outside the state capitol building while both chambers of the General Assembly were in session.
Echoing Wednesdays events in D.C., one armed protester was seen carrying zip ties attached to his backpack. He told a photographer carried them “just in case.”
Governor Andy Beshear, a Democrat, Tweeted:
“Three days after domestic terrorists attacked our U.S. Capitol, there was a militia rally in Frankfort. They brought zip ties. We will not be intimidated. We will not be bullied. America is counting on the real patriots. Those who condemn hate and terror when they see it.”
Johnny Rice, however, one of the speakers at the rally, said they were there for peaceful reasons, but noted they are “sick and tired” of what is happening in the country.
Unlike the riots in D.C., the event was peaceful in the end, with no reported acts of violence or attempts by participants to enter the statehouse.
Speaking on Kentucky, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to support the latest efforts to remove Donald Trump from office brought by House Democrats.
Schiff made the comments during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Schiff stated that McConnell “bears the responsibility for whatever dangerous acts this president commits,” if he stops or delays impeachment.
Maddow asked Schiff about a memo that was being circulated in the Senate by McConnell, which states that the Senate wouldn’t begin a trial until after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Schiff replied with “if Mitch McConnell wants to move with the expedition, he knows how to do it.”
Schiff then went on to warn about McConnell “dragging this out,” shifting responsibility to the Senate Majority Leader for actions taken by Trump.
“He will bear the responsibility for whatever dangerous acts this president commits. For whatever abdication of responsibility, for whatever further attack on our institutions, if Mitch McConnell draws this out, delays, stonewalls, drags his heels—then he will bear the responsibility,” Schiff said.
“Given the erratic nature of this president, given how many people—the rising number of people in his own conference—who are calling for this president to leave office, I would not want the responsibility for standing in the way of upholding our constitutional duty,” Schiff added.
On Friday, Schiff released a statement calling for Trump’s impeachment stating that Trump would “likely be responsible for further acts of violence.”
Schiff also urged Vice president Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and immediately remove Trump.
Pence, reportedly, is concerned that immediately removing Trump would only incite more violence.
“Congress should act to begin impeachment proceedings as the only instrument wholly within our power to remove a president who has so manifestly and repeatedly violated the Constitution and put our nation at grave risk. The exigency of the circumstances warrants a departure from the ordinary and lengthy process in the House; a resolution of impeachment focused on the attack should be brought to the House floor on a privileged basis and, upon passage, taken up by the Senate with equal expedition so that the President can be tried, and through conviction, the country can be protected from further harm,” Schiff wrote in his statement.
Schiff also told Maddow that the best thing Trump could do at this point is to resign. He then expressed doubts that Trump would do he also stated that he doubted Pence would move to remove Trump.
“The president has never been concerned with what’s best for the country, only what’s best for himself. So, I don’t have a whole lot of hope or expectation that he will do the right thing,” he said.
Schiff told Maddow that Trump remaining in office was “a danger to the republic.”