A demonstration in San Diego, California, in support of the impeachment process against U.S. President Donald Trump brought together half a thousand people who parodied the president with a large inflatable balloon.

The protest is one of the first in a campaign that aims to carry out more than 400 U.S. cities between now and Tuesday, before the proposed trial of the president is presented to the full Congress.

A member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Nathan Fletcher, told protesters that the president should be removed from office.

“He betrayed the principles of the presidency, put the security of the country on pwligro and used taxpayers’ money for his personal benefit,” the demonstrator said.

He also said that “Donald Trump is inconsistent with the values of the country” and stated that “the racism and xenophobia that must come out of the White House”.

The protest took place outside the San Diego County government building, where a group of activists inflated the “Baby Trump” balloon.

The series of protests across the country was convened by Citizen.org, but in San Diego it was mainly the national group Indivisible.org.

Marely Ramirez, the president of Indivisible in San Diego, told Efe that democracy “is the most valuable thing we have and we have reached a point where if we don’t defend it in this way, with the political judgment, the country can change in a way that would be very difficult to regain democracy”.

Many demonstrators carried banners demanding the removal of the president. Some also asked Santa Claus as a Christmas present for President Trump to leave office.

On Tuesday, the day before the House of Representatives votes on Trump’s recall, there will be another protest for his recall in the northern region of San Diego County.

The House of Representatives lawsuit seeks to determine whether Trump intentionally blocked the delivery of $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to get Kiev to investigate current Democratic White House aspirant Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business in that country.

Democratic legislators in the House of Representatives last week unveiled the two charges for an impeachment trial of Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

As a result, Trump moves on to the historic list of four leaders facing political office for impeachment since the creation of the United States: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998, both acquitted by the Senate; and Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974 before the process concluded.

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