Crowds rally at March for Truth in DC and dozens of cities

Violet Tucker
June 4, 2017

Demonstrations were taking place in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco, as well as in smaller cities across the country.

Protestors filled Seattle's Cal Anderson Park Saturday morning, demanding truth from President Donald Trump.

Almost as many people converged around the Washington Monument in the USA capital to similarly demand a full and independent investigation of the allegations that Trump or his aides might have colluded with Russian Federation ahead of last year's US presidential election to help Trump win.

At the same time as the other rallies Saturday, a few hundred Trump supporters gathered on the street in front of the White House to applaud the president's withdrawal from the Paris treaty - a move criticized around the world - and to demonstrate their backing for the Republican president. Marchers also called for President Trump to release his tax returns and for increased transparency into the ongoing federal probes into Trump-Russia ties.

The sides reportedly clashed briefly at the pro-Trump "Pittsburgh Not Paris" rally but no major incidents so far have been reported.

But it was the March for Truth that drew the biggest crowds of the day.

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The demonstrators shouted "Pittsburgh not Paris" and "jobs, jobs, jobs" in a show of support for Trump's decision. There's too much partisanship, he said, adding that what matters is putting America first.

The crowd gathered to celebrate the President's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Christi Branch, a resident of Waynesboro, Virginia, said she drove three hours to Washington to support the President. A number of high-ranking officials in Trump's administration have resigned or been fired due to undisclosed contacts with the Russian government, and many others remain under investigation.

Public advocate Tish James welcomed Trump's supporter, who James refers to as "Agent Orange". "We're not going to put up with it", said one protester.

Many in the resistance movement debate the importance of the focus on Russian Federation, arguing, as Sam Stein did in the Huffington Post, that while much of America is fixated on scandals, the Trump administration and its allies in Congress quietly push for regressive policies, including the return of mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses, repealing regulations that protect workers from wage theft, and giving coal companies free rein to pollute streams.

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