'Impeach Trump' truck visits Plattsburgh

CARA CHAPMAN/STAFF PHOTOActivists (from left) Debra Depo, Michelle Tolosky and Deb Brown stand by a truck broadcasting advertisements calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump in Plattsburgh Wednesday. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) was one of eight Republican representatives targeted by the mobile billboards campaign this week.

PLATTSBURGH — Those traveling through the intersection of Cornelia and Margaret streets Wednesday afternoon would have had a hard time missing the truck bearing billboards emblazoned with messages advocating for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

The truck, commissioned by progressive groups MoveOn and Need to Impeach, was parked outside the Clinton County Government Center, where Congresswoman Elise Stefanik's (R-Schuyerville) Plattsburgh office is located.

Stefanik was one of eight Republican representatives targeted by such billboards this week, which included, "two people retiring from the House, lawmakers who have split with Trump in key votes and those who represent less conservative districts," according to a MoveOn press release.

When the truck was in Glens Falls earlier this week, there was a dispute over whether a temporary sign permit was required. 

The City of Plattsburgh has a two-hour parking limit, though it appeared the truck did not move from its spot on the corner of the two streets for at least three hours.


Michelle Tolosky, a U.S. Air Force veteran who lives in Chazy, was one of three woman who met up near the truck shortly after noon to show their support for impeachment.

“I’m here because I’ve watched every minute of the briefings and I’m completely convinced that we should impeach the president," she said.

"And I’m extremely disappointed in the partisan way that Rep. Stefanik has come out during these hearings, touted herself as a moderate and it’s clearly obvious that she is not listening."

Tolosky donned an inflatable T-rex costume because it makes people smile.

"I’m hoping that it brings people together because we should be united on this as a nation," she said.

Her garb also created a pun behind her sign, which read, "SAVE DEMOCRACY FROM EXTINCTION IMPEACH TRUMP."


Stefanik sits on the House Intelligence Committee, which recently wrapped up two weeks of hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry.

The probe was set off by a whistleblower complaint that brought to light a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and seeks to answer the question of whether Trump wrongly withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Stefanik has garnered much attention while participating in the hearings, including one instance where committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) tried to yield his extended period of questioning to her, which would have violated the inquiry's rules.

"She's a member of the committee; she knows the rules," said Debra Depo, who met up with Tolosky and fellow Saranac Central School District retiree Deb Brown near the truck.


Brown waved an American flag while Depo held a sign that read, "Stefanik: Hold a town hall. We have questions!"

On what she would ask, Depo said she wanted to know if Stefanik thinks it is okay for a president to withhold aid authorized by Congress for his own political gains.

"She’s all about the process and all about all these other questions, but that’s my big question: how do you support that? How do you support a president that is putting his own political gain ahead of our democracy?"

"If the allegations against Mr. Trump are true, and they seem to be, there are very, very credible witnesses," Brown added.

"If these aren’t impeachable offenses, then what are?"


MoveOn announced its endorsement of Stefanik's opponent, Democrat Tedra Cobb, via Twitter on Nov. 20.

That came with a $50,000 donation, which was raised by 2,700 MoveOn members, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported.

Asked for comment on the billboards, which also called on Stefanik to impeach Trump, the congresswoman's campaign said she "has been overwhelmed by the level of support she has received from her constituents."

"The good news is North Country voters are standing with Elise and with President Trump for her record of results," Stefanik campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar said.

Cobb's campaign did not respond to a request for comment by press time.


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