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Twinkle, twinkle little tsar, Putin got you where you are.

Not my president.

These were among the anti-Donald Trump signs that the group of 30 people carried Sunday afternoon during an impeachment march that started in Lafayette Park, Davenport, and went across the Mississippi River via the Centennial Bridge to Schwiebert Riverfront Park, Rock Island.

The purpose of the Rock Island County Indivisible event, said organizer Dan Morris of Moline, was “to raise awareness about President Trump's impeachable violations of the law.”

The march was one of 46 marches that took place Sunday throughout the United States, he said. “I’m not going to wait until 2018,” he said. “This is a thing that should be bipartisan.”

Every time Trump tweets something offensive, “Republicans say he shouldn’t tweet like that,” Morris said. “It would be nice to see Republicans step up and care about the law.”

Participants included Jeff and Liz Christenson of Coal Valley. Trump, Jeff Christenson said, “hasn’t done anything good for the country” in the six months he has been in office. “He’s a child. He’s a baby,” he said.

Liz Christenson, who is a teacher, said she does not allow bullying in her classroom. “It floors me that we have a racist, sexist bully in the White House,” she said.

Morris briefly spoke atop a children’s slide, part of the playground equipment in the park, before the crowd took off across the bridge. Also speaking was Keith Soko of Bettendorf, a professor at St. Ambrose University who said he participated on his own behalf at the rally.

“After Trump was elected, many of his supporters said to ‘Leave him alone’ and “Give him a chance,’” Soko said. But as one Facebook post noted, “I wish Trump would leave me alone. I was just living my life and he comes in and does all of this, to me and my fellow citizens.”

Legal reasons to address the impeachment include obstruction of justice, firing the head of the FBI who was investigating Trump, and potential allegations of collusion with Russia to influence the United States election. “This would be an act of treason,” Soko said. “Added to that would be lying to the American people.“

At the end of his speech, Soko led a call and response to several points, including “For caring more about his name, his money, and his own family than for the American people, we say …” and the group responded “Dump Trump!”

Many drivers honked and waved in support of 30 people who gathered in Lafayette Park, Davenport, then marched across the Centennial Bridge into Schwiebert Riverfront Park, Rock Island. But at least one driver waved a Trump/Pence sign at them while he drove by.

When the marchers reached Schwiebert Riverfront Park, they had their picture taken as a group to send to U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois and U. S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, to encourage them to enact articles calling for impeachment.


Film critic/reporter since 1985 at Quad-City Times. Society of Professional Journalists, Broadcast Film Critics Association and Alliance of Women Film Journalists member. Member of St. Mark Lutheran Church.