MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is promoting street protests over President Donald Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
What did she do?
"It's happening," Maddow wrote to her 9.5 million followers on Twitter. "This is the 'Break Glass in Case of Emergency' plan to protect the Mueller investigation into alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. 5pm (local time) protests tomorrow/Thursday Nov 8. We knew this would happen at some point -- the day has arrived."
It's happening. This is the "Break Glass in Case of Emergency" plan to protect the Mueller investigation. 5pm (l… https://t.co/RQcvFu1Wvg— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@Rachel Maddow MSNBC)1541631941.0
Maddow also tweeted a list of the events, sorted by location.
Apparently 900+ #ProtectMueller events and protests planned for tomorrow already. List is here by state and town.… https://t.co/kydvv5LdNp— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@Rachel Maddow MSNBC)1541634629.0
And she tweeted a Boing Boing map that shows the locations of the planned protests. According to the map, more than 900 protests are taking place across the country.
#ProtectMueller: Trump protests planned for THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8 @ 5PM (your local time). There are 900+ events al… https://t.co/bAeOUlE15u— Boing Boing (@Boing Boing)1541647648.0
The protests are organized by a group calling itself "Nobody Is Above The Law," an off-shoot of MoveOn.org, which is funded by billionaire George Soros and other leftists.
"Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation," the group wrote on its website. "By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice. We will update this page as the situation develops."
How did she respond?
A story at Grabien News that claimed that Maddow was "organizing" the protests, a characterization she refuted.
"If reporting that something is happening is the same thing as 'organizing' it, I'm happy to take credit for organizing the new Trump family patent on Chinese sausage casings, too," she wrote on Twitter. "And the resignation of Spiro Agnew; that was a tough one, but I'm a diligent organizer!"
Oh please. If reporting that something is happening is the same thing as "organizing" it, I'm happy to take credi… https://t.co/TX5qLMRKIG— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@Rachel Maddow MSNBC)1541696259.0
Various mainstream news outlets reported that Trump's dismissal of Sessions on Wednesday is raising concerns about the integrity of the investigation into alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. According to reports, Sessions resigned at Trump's request.
“No one is above the law and any effort to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation would be a gross abuse of power by the president,” Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. “While the president may have the authority to replace the attorney general, this must not be the first step in an attempt to impede, obstruct or end the Mueller investigation.”