Trump Impeachment Campaign Will Tour the U.S. to Pressure Democrats and Republicans to Remove President

A campaign calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment, which has been backed by more than five million Americans, will hold 30 town hall meetings across the nation, centering on districts with a U.S. representative unwilling to push for removing the president from office.

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Organized by the "Need to Impeach" campaign, the town halls will kick off on Thursday and aim to make the case to voters across the political spectrum that their "the inaction of their elected leaders in the Washington, D.C. area reflects broader neglect of their constituents," according to the campaign.

Need to Impeach founder Tom Steyer, a major Democratic donor, said Trump's failure to respond to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is "a betrayal of his oath of office that leaves the country, and everyone living in it, in jeopardy."

"Despite Trump's overt dereliction of duty, the majority of our representatives in Washington D.C. refuse to hold him accountable," Steyer said in a statement. "All voters have a basic expectation for the people we elect to fulfill their Constitutional responsibility to protect each of us and our democracy. If for some reason they can't see their way clear to doing their sworn duty, they should resign, or we will replace them."

It’s the work of patriots to protect the country, and holding this president accountable is the patriotic thing to do.

— Need To Impeach 🍑 (@Need2Impeach) March 8, 2018

The first town hall will be held in Columbus, Ohio. One of the city's representatives in the House, Democrat Joyce Beatty, voted in support of both impeachment efforts launched by Texas Congressman Al Green in recent months. Her Republican counterpart Steve Stivers, however, has, unsurprisingly, opted not to voice similar support for removing the president. He has, though, criticized Trump, notably over the president's comments about deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August.

I don't understand what's so hard about this. White supremacists and Neo-Nazis are evil and shouldn't be defended.

— Steve Stivers (@RepSteveStivers) August 15, 2017

Members of the impeachment campaign plan to call on Stivers, as well as candidates for Ohio's 12th district seat to join in their effort.

In Cincinnati, Ohio, where a town hall will be held Friday, both seats in the House of Representatives are held by Republicans. Representative Steve Chabot's seat is critical for the GOP to maintain a majority in the House, but Democratic voters can put it at risk, according to the campaign.

Other town halls have already been scheduled for Virginia, Maryland, New York, California and Georgia. Locations and dates in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin have yet to be announced.