Carol O’Neill Smith of Canandaigua lived through the Watergate scandal of the 1970s and didn’t know what would happen with the U.S. government and the country then.
On Thursday night, she still was in the dark.
O’Neill Smith said today she is just as concerned, concerned enough to join a protest at Atwater Park in Canandaigua against the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday. The appointment of an acting attorney general who many believe is only in the position to do the bidding of President Donald Trump and undercut an investigation of the president should be a concern to all Americans, several of the nearly two dozen protesters said.
“I just felt I had to be here,” O’Neill Smith said. “I am so concerned about the state of our government, the state of the presidency, where our government and country are headed. This is my right.”
A protest in Canandaigua, as well as others in Geneva and Newark, Wayne County, were part of national protests called for by MoveOn.org, all scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.
The protesters say acting AG Matt Whitaker will stifle Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. The demonstrations are meant to show public support for protecting the integrity of that investigation.
Protesters carried signs that read, “No One is Above the Law” and “It’s Mueller Time.” Several motorists traveling Main Street honked horns as they passed by the protest, which started at the Ontario County Courthouse and then moved across the street.
Protest organizer Kay Herman, of Palmyra, said the public needs to know the absolute truth.