Several hundred people joined a “March for Truth” that made its way through downtown Seattle on Saturday. The demonstration began with speeches and music at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.
Several hundred people took part in a “March for Truth” through downtown Seattle to protest President Donald Trump on Saturday after gathering at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.
The crowd stretched about two blocks and participants hoisted signs with slogans such as “Fact Yourself,” “Truth sounds like hate to those who hate truth,” “Independent commission now,” “Lock him up” and “Follow the rubles.”
Organizers said they were demanding honesty from Trump’s administration. Specifically, they said in a statement, they want “an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and ties to Donald Trump, his 2016 campaign, his administration and his associates.”
Congress and a Justice Department special counsel are looking into whether associates of the president colluded with Russia to meddle with the 2016 presidential election, and former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify before the House Intelligence Committee next week about conversations with Trump.
Comey has said the president, in one such conversation, encouraged him to stop investigating his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
The Seattle event was one of many March for Truth protests held the same day in cities across the country and world, including Los Angeles, New York City and London.
Jamie Margolin, a 15-year-old from West Seattle, said she came with her father because she’s worried about climate change and because she thinks Trump isn’t being honest about his connections with Russians.
“It’s so blatant. Any other person in office would have been out by now,” Margolin said. “It’s so obvious he’s lying.”
American intelligence agencies have said Russian hackers and propagandists worked to tip the election toward Trump, and investigators want to know whether any of the president’s associates helped. Trump has repeatedly denied any such collusion.
Friends Ileia Perry and Denise Cully traveled from Spokane to take part in the demonstration. They were together earlier this year at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., which drew hundreds of thousands of participants.
“Our government needs to be transparent,” said Perry, 34, arguing the president should release his tax returns.
And Alycia Ramirez said she came from Kirkland with her son to be a voice for her husband. She said she fears for his safety because he’s a Mexican immigrant.
The demonstration began with speeches, including remarks by state Sen. Bob Hasegawa, a candidate for Seattle mayor, and Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.
“Where there’s smoke, there’s a fire,” Ximena Velázquez-Arenas, a speaker with the Neighborhood Action Coalition, told the crowd. “And there’s a fire burning strong in the White House.”
Then the demonstrators took to East Pine Street, escorted by police officers on bicycles and led by the Free Instruments of Karma marching band.
Brian Emanuels held a sign with a Star Wars-related take on the Russia affair — “Help us Obi-Wan Comey. You’re our only hope.”
The 53-year-old from Mercer Island said, “It’s our patriotic duty to resist the lies of the administration and get to the truth of what happened in the election.”
The march moved through downtown before wrapping up at Seattle Center.