Big White House protest after Trump fires Sessions in effort to shut down Mueller's probe

Video-speakers call Trump fascist, Sessions bad enough, Whitaker a hatchet man to kill Mueller's probe 3 min 33 sec

One day after the 2018 midterm election, Donald Trump forced Atty General Jeff Sessions to resign for failing to shut down the Russiagate investigation. In response thousands of protesters descended on the White House. Thousands more gathered in hundreds of other cities.

Former Atty General Jeff Sessions was among Trump's worst, most racist nominations for high office. This however was not enough for Trump, as Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russiagate probe instead of seeking to defund and shut it down. Thus, Sessions has been sacked and replaced with Matthew Whitaker, who has been on TV talking about how to kill Mueller's investigation.

The Nov 8 White House protest was mostly Democratic Party supporters, though one of the speakers flatly called Trump a fascist. The backstory behind the protest and the firing of Jeff Sessions is this: Donald Trump is believed not to have the authority to directly fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or to be unable politically to attempt it without risking bipartisan repercussions up to and including impeachment. The Special Counsel however answers to the Attorney General. Trump has replaced Jeff Sessions (who refused to stop the Russiagate probe) with Matthew Whitaker, who is on record as calling the probe a "Lynch mob" and a "witch hunt." Whitaker has gone so far as to recite on TV a formula for disabling and shutting down the investigation by interference and defunding from the Attorney General's office. Now his is acting attorney general himself, awaiting only a rubber stamp from the GOP-controlled Senate to become a full-fledged Attorney General. This is a variation on Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre pure and simple.

The Saturday Night Massacre is the name given to the cascade of event that followed when Nixon ordered his Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson defied Nixon and refused, resigning his office in the process. Nixon then ordered the Deputy Attorney General to fire Cox, with the same results. Finally the 3rd in command at DOJ, Solicitor General Robert Bork complied with Nixon's demand and sacked the special prosecutor. Within a week a majority of US voters were saying in polls that Nixon should be impeached. The following year, the House approved articles of impeachment against Nixon, and he resigned before the Senate could vote on removal from office. The Saturday Night Massacre is believed to have played a major role in escalating Watergate to the point that Nixon was forced from office. Now Trump is being called out for using the same tactics that did not work for Nixon.

Thus, it was not enough for Jeff Sessions to separate families at the border, defend police who shoot and kill people of color, and try to send anti-Inauguration protesters to prison for the rest of their lives. He also was expected to put even those limited ethics that are compatable with racism and hate aside when it came to being a "team player." If he was not willing to obstruct justice to protect Donald Trump, he was out the door as soon as the election results were in.

The massive protest at the White House in response to this is effectively a home demo (residential protest) targetting Donald Trump, since the president lives there. Donald Trump is the wellspring and catalyst of much of the violent hate being reported on by "fash media," the far-right press such as FOX News and the Daily Caller. Just like his underling Tucker Carlson (of FOX and the Daily Caller), Trump to has to face protesters outside his windows. Protesters demanding that Donald Trump be impeached for soliciting Russian interference in the 2016 election are outside Trump's house (the White House) every night. On Nov 8 they were hugely reinforced by the #ProtectMueller protest, which took place just prior to the nightly protest.

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