Democrats Promote Tax March But Are Silent When One Ends in Violence

Violence breaks out at Berkley protests / Youtube
• April 17, 2017 1:59 pm


UPDATE Monday, 5:15 P.M.: This post described a Patriot's Day march that took place in Berkeley as being associated with Saturday's "Tax March." However, the two were separate events.

Democratic officials across the country participated in the "Tax March" over Easter weekend that was organized to pressure President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) rallied the protesters at the Saturday tax march in Washington, D.C. In her speech, Waters renewed her calls for impeachment and said she does not respect the president.

"I don't respect this president. I don't trust this president. He's not working in the best interests of the American people," Waters said. "I will fight every day until he is impeached."

Waters then led the crowd in "impeach 45" chants.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) also participated in a tax march event in San Francisco, where she demanded that Trump release his tax returns and called him a chicken.

Other Democrats tweeted out their support for the movement, using the hashtag #TaxMarch.

One of the tax marches that took place in California started out peacefully but did not end that way. The "Patriots Day" rally in Berkeley ended in violence, and the Democratic officials who attended and promoted the events have yet to denounce the disturbance.

Twenty-one people were arrested after fighting broke out between Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters. Fireworks, smoke bombs, and rocks were thrown at the demonstrators.

Some of the violence was caught on video.

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Monday that Democratic leaders should denounce the violence that erupted over the weekend.

None of the Democratic officials above have tweeted or released statements denouncing the violence.