BERKELEY (KPIX 5) – While the resistance to President Donald Trump has largely been private citizens across the Bay Area and country, municipalities are jumping into the fray.

On Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council passed a five-page resolution calling for the president to be impeached.

“We were one of the first cities to standup against apartheid – that’s a movement that took off and spread and that’s very important,” Councilmember Sophie Hahn told KPIX 5.

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Berkeley City Councilmember Kate Harrison co-sponsored the resolution.

“I think it’s going to send a powerful message. I think we have no choice but to do this,” Harrison said.

The home of the Free Speech Movement wasn’t the first city in the Bay Area to pass a resolution calling for the impeachment of Mr. Trump. The cities of Richmond and Alameda got there first.

“We want to make sure we are on the right side of history,” said Alameda Vice Mayor Malia Vella. “Everything we do should be concerned about upholding civil rights, we should be concerned about upholding the Constitution.”

All three cities are sending their resolutions calling for investigations and impeachment to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland).

Howard Epstein from the San Francisco Republican Party calls the resolutions crazy.

“Since the election of President Trump, they’ve been acting like three year olds throwing temper tantrums,” Epstein said.

Back in Berkeley, Harrison said the calls for impeachment over Russia, foreign money and attacks on the press, are American values.

“This is not a matter of policy disagreement with taxes, how we approach healthcare, etcetera. This is about the very essence of our constitution,” Harrison said.

Comments (70)
  1. When you win elections you make the rules, Democrats are helpless to stop anything. All they can do is bus in paid street protesters, plant Fake News stories and have John Lewis and the Black Caucus sit on the floor of Congress and cry.

  2. We need to get the CDC in on this immediately! Insanity seems to be a severely communicable disease in Mexifornia!

  3. Cam Kirmser says:

    Gawd, what a collection of nits.

  4. jcx2 says:

    I thought California was going to secede? I was all set to renew my passport so I could visit my West Coast relatives. I think California secedeing is a great idea, but my guess is the DNC won’t let that happen. I can’t help but wonder if California will have to return all the National Guard equipment, and will they be able to still buy water from Colorado, and if Trump makes a sharp right turn after Texas…will California be able to stop the uber influx of illegals. Since they might be trapped by the Northern Wall, maybe California will build their own on their Southern border. Not having to listen to liberal, over paid actors, or Pelosi, Waters, any and all LA polliticians, is worth having to get a passport to visit Kin. Of course, not having such a huge amount of electoral College votes for the Democrats to count on, well that is like Christmas every day of the year. And another bonus….no more Berkley idiocy.

  5. All those colleges in Berkeley and nobody knows anything about Constitutional law?

    1. Apparently just indoctrination in Liberal Arts (e.g., gender studies) and sciences (e.g., climatology of AGW).

  6. “We want to make sure we are on the right side of history,” said Alameda Vice Mayor Malia Vella. “Everything we do should be concerned about upholding civil rights, we should be concerned about upholding the Constitution.”

    I can assure you, you won’t be on the right side of history. OTOH, you probably also will never realize how you are wrong, because what you’re doing in no way upholds the Constitution. But the vacuum you live in by suppressing opinions that differ from your own and only listening to like-minded Leftists means you all agree that YOU are the patriotic ones and YOU are the defenders of the Constitution, and YOU are the ones upholding civil rights, even as you try to shout down and shut down other and call for the impeachment of a President when there doesn’t exist a shred — nay, a dress stain — of evidence against him.

    1. CD: Your post is so accurate. The most frustrating is their total inability to listen to even a smidgen of a different opinion or new information. They are like children, with fingers in their ears, chanting to make certain they hear nothing that might influence them from their ancient, patent, Democrat talking points. No time for truth; no room for a different opinion, and no chance for reality to bite. They are just such sad sacks; as if complete stupidity is something to brag about.

  7. Duh. I think thi sis a speed record for cities to call for the impeachment of a president, but Duh. What they reallly need to be working on is how they will pay for all the things they can no longer pay for because of this crime they are perpetrating on their citizens.

  8. California’s secession can’t come quick enough. !

  9. The Constitution? LOL And they feel they need to impeach our President … Why?

    They’re not looking to bright.

  10. Laughable and pathetic. Berkeley and all other CA cities will be losing fed funds soon.

  11. no1hd says:

    I say, go for it. Then get ready for the wrath of the other taxpayers to cut you off at the free lunch line. Your little free ride is coming to a halt and sooner than you know.

  12. jdp…What would these people be saying if it was reversed that clinton won and all this was being done to her and her people. but with the Clinton teaM Russia, is not fake news, Podesta 35 million and 75,000 stock shares, HRC selling Russia 20 pct of our Urainium. and her foundation receiving millions, who really has connected to Russia, and Obama caughton off mic ‘ tell vlad i’ll have more flexability after the election’.these need to be prosecuted.

  13. Remember Huntington Beach?! We outnumber you numbnuts and are about to get the switch! Love how the Democrats claim they are Patriotic now…sheer insanity

  14. tngilmer says:

    The head of the EU says the EU will break up the USA in revenge for Trump supporting Brexit. Can we just go ahead and give them California?

  15. oh, poor little snowflakes
    2017 -> Senate removes filibuster rule entirely
    2018 -> all of our house seats are secure
    2018 -> almost every senate seat up is a dem and half of them are in red states, removes power from our cuckier senators
    2019 -> we take control of 3/4ths of state houses and can push through amendments without any dem input
    2020 -> we run the census and will be excluding illegals and non-citizens from apportionment
    2020 -> National Voter ID laws
    2021 -> Trump begins next 4 year term
    2022 -> Reapportionment takes effect, illegals no longer count, dems slated to lose 45 electoral votes/house seats
    2023 -> Trump has ensured that SCOTUS is stocked full of young alt-right justices that give us a 7-2 hard right court for the next 50 years
    2024 -> GOP at risk of losing senate majority, puts filibuster rule back in place, senate changes senate rule for changing senate rules, raising threshold from 51 to 66.
    2024 -> GOP is more or less locked into place in this election, but even if it loses, dems are unable to do anything as the agenda is now supported by SCOTUS, there are new constitutional amendments, dems have lost their illegals and there are physical barriers in place to prevent them from doing it again. Any attempt to restart the agenda will be met with impeachment

    And that is the way it will be until the day you die.
    Hail Trump!
    Hail Our People!
    Hail Victory!

    1. Bokshil Kim says:

      I just had a tingle up my leg

  16. You should secede immediately. Remember to outlaw all of your guns at the same time.

  17. Hey City Council, here’s an idea, how about spending less time whining about national politics, and a little more time running your dirty, homeless panhandler-overrun city of Berkeley?

  18. Gawd these people are idiots!
    APARTHEID MEANING: a social policy of racial segregation involving political and economic and legal discrimination against people who are not Whites; the former official policy in South Africa (1948-1993).
    WHEN has POTUS ever-ever done this? NEVER!

    When facts mean nothing but empty slander does; America is in trouble. unknown 1942

  19. Leftists like those Berkeley pukes, whether they call themselves socialists, fascists, progressives, communists, Democrats, Greens, Nazis, or whatever, are a cancer.

  20. jwingermany says:

    Hey Berkeley freaks! Take a look at the 2016 electoral map by county. Feeling very alone yet?

  21. Nobody cares what Mexifornian liberals try to preach.

  22. The nice thing about the San Francisco Bay Area is it’s right next to the ocean! That means when the big one hits: SURFS UP!!

  23. These people were Hillary supporters and consistently overlooked Hillary’s illegal conduct … and her accepting money from Russia, Saudi Arabia and many other nations, in exchange for US policy decisions. That’s their insane preference. Unbelievable.

  24. John Hill says:

    apartheid???????!?!?!?! “I think it’s going to send a powerful message….” What message?!?!?!? That maybe 1. you are anarchists, 2. you are anti American seditious revolutionaries, 3. you are mental cases, 4. 1&2, 5. 2&3, 6. all three? I choose #6

  25. It was Berkeley that voted against WWII too in 1941. Only one. House or Senate. Perhaps it was because Hitler based his cleansing on the Eugenics research done at UC Berkeley.
    And for those trolls who think I am wrong look here:
    triple W

    you gotta type in the www

  26. Anti-racists say there is a RACE problem that can only be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and “assimilates.”

    What if I said there was a RACE problem that could only be solved if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country? How long before people realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem, but the conclusion to the BLACK problem?

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  27. i n f o wars dot com , you are the resistance!

  28. “Back in Berkeley, Harrison said the calls for impeachment over Russia, foreign money and attacks on the press, are American values.”

    Did we hear anything from this Harrison after lying, cheating, crooked Hillary sold 20% of the U.S. uranium supply to Russia and shortly after the Russians donated a huge sum of money to the Clinton Crime Foundation? Nothing wrong there, right?

  29. So we are at day 200 of Russiagate and still no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Trump, or Russia

    The identity of the DNC leaker is still unknown, so no connection to Russia or (laughs) Trump
    No examples of the so called “fake news” stories during the election that were supposed to have tricked everyone during the election let alone a connection to the unknown fake news stories to Russia
    The only person even accused of taking bribes from Russia was Hillary

    But Trump should be impeached

  30. This is hilarious. Do these kooks even know anything about the constitution? They should go back to hugging trees and smoking pot and leave real politics to adults.

  31. “Back in Berkeley, Harrison said the calls for impeachment over Russia, foreign money and attacks on the press, are American values.”

    Are our elected officials now GUILTY by innuendo? Or fake allegations invented by a previous primary opponent out of whole cloth; IOW, outright lies?

    I’m now SERIOUSLY wondering if this isn’t a CONCERTED ATTEMPT to steer the inquiries AWAY form Hillary (and Obama, and George Soros) regarding the MILLIONS the RUSSIANS GAVE to the Clintons in exchange for Hillary GIVING THEM 20% of OUR uranium?

    WHO GAVE Hillary the Right to (1) APPROPRIATE AMERICA’S RESOURCES, and (2) SELL THEM TO THE RUSSIANS, and (3) KEEP THE MONEY for herself??? This sounds like flim-flam 101, straight out of Bill and Hill’s cheesy playbook (remember, they gave his old underwear to Goodwill and kept the deductions; remember, they charged the Secret Service “rent” to park their trailer on the Clinton property that exactly matched the Clinton’s newly acquired home mortgage; and, remember, they TOOK 5 Million from the African children’s fund to pay for Chelsea’s over the top “elegant” wedding, where Bill, Hill, and Chelz PRETENDED they weren’t Arkansas grifters).

  32. If you’re one of these fragile Snowflakes whining about Trump, but were perfectly fine with 8 years of Obama dividing our country and setting it on fire, giving weapons and nukes to our enemies while making it okay for boys to pee in the girls bathroom then go lay down in your safe space and suck your thumb.
    You idiots have no credibility.

  33. mrsugs says:

    What a group of self serving,shallow group of anti American,Socialist. You have little knowledge about this Country or its origins. Sad to see such a easily duped group who think they are the answer. You have been lost to the PC culture, So sad!

  34. d0ct0rj says:

    Call up the B-2s from Whiteman AFB and bomb Berkeley back to the Stone Age. They are already there when it comes to political thought.

  35. We need to drain the swamp in California, starting with Gov moonbeam and Kevin Deleon, including LA mayor.

  36. Bokshil Kim says:

    The radiation from the Japan disaster has mutated the people of California into Lemmons and sheeple.

  37. Time will tell who was right. Either San Francisco will look like future of “Star Trek” movies or look like Venezuela today.

  38. the left has really lost it. They honestly think just because THEY think Trump is unqualified (or whatever) that impeachment is an option. Did they not research the criteria for impeachment? Obviously not. And they try to convince us they are the smartest people on the planet. Yeah, right. I think they took way too many hallucinogens in their youth and fried one too many brain cells

  39. California Democrotch nit-wits.

  40. If you uphold the Constitution, you should realize that isn’t how the Impeachment process works.

  41. WingedPanther says:

    Impeach him FOR WHAT? Seriously, what CRIME are they accusing him of? You can’t impeach him for being a poopie-head.

  42. “We want to make sure we are on the right side of history,” said Alameda Vice Mayor Malia Vella

    Looks to me like they want the opposite. There is nothing to impeach Trump for and they won’t find anything in their damn witch hunt.

    “Since the election of President Trump, they’ve been acting like three year olds throwing temper tantrums,” Epstein said.

    This is true of Demonrats all over the country. Showing their true colors with all their hatred flowing freely. Huge amounts of them have just gone plain delusional. The MSM is a huge source of blame for steady lying to the people..

  43. what a horrible place to live if your elected leaders are these idiots.

  44. I make a motion for Berkeley to be swallowed up by a huge earthquake by God’s grace.
    Sick individuals.

  45. There seems to be a lot of misinformation about the real cost of Illegal Aliens — so, let’s start with some simple numbers:

    21% (44.1K) of the Federal Prison population (210K total) are Illegal Aliens.

    Illegal Alien Federal Prison inmates cost $ 31K per Inmate, per year ($ 1.3B total).

    Detention and Removal budget is $3.3 B per year.

    Detention and Removal discretionary budget is $ 561 M per year.

    Immigrant Detention Center beds total 31K, at a cost of $ 431 M per year ($ 14K per bed).

    4.5 million illegal aliens drive unlicensed and uninsured each year.

    In 2014, 900K illegal aliens were arrested for criminal offenses.

    In 2014, 316K criminal illegal aliens were deported; 85% had prior criminal convictions
    1.2 M illegal alien criminal offenders are at large.

    So, if you think Illegal Aliens are not a problem you simply do not know the facts.

    We think those idiots on the City Council should be recalled — they are promoting and committing a felony crime, 8 USC 1324 (providing safe-harbor to illegal aliens).

    They want to Impeach Trump for alleged violations of law, yet they are committing felony crimes themselves. What a bunch of uneducated hypocrites.

  46. Yeah, but nothing wrong with leftists rioting and violence against those they disagree with, shutting down free speech and right to assemble. How stupid is leading the stupid in Berkley.

  47. Mark Randall says:

    To impeach the President you need a majority of the House of Representatives. That would be 218 members as the house currently sits.

    There are 237 Republicans and 193 Democrats. On a straight partyline vote, You would NOT have enough for impeachment. You would need at least 25 Republicans join the Democrats for a simple majority vote and impeachment.

    Impeachment, however does NOT remove the President from office. It takes a trial of the Senate and a 2/3rd votes to convict and remove the President.

    It would require 67 votes to convict the President. There are currently 52 Republicans and 46 Democrats. That would require 21 Republicans to jump ship and join the Democrats.

    BUT before any of that can happen, The House Judiciary Committee decides whether or not to proceed with impeachment. They need to determine if the President, IN THEIR OPINION, has committed Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. The Judiciary Comittee currently holds a majority of Republican members.

    Members of the House of Representatives. According to constitutional lawyers, Determines what “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” are.

    (1) real criminality — breaking a law;
    (2) abuses of power;
    (3) “violation of public trust”

    In the past, Congress has issued Articles of Impeachment for acts in three general categories:
    Exceeding the constitutional bounds of the powers of the office.
    Behavior grossly incompatible with the proper function and purpose of the office.
    Employing the power of the office for an improper purpose or for personal gain.

    SO, You want to get President Trump out of office? Any way that you do it, Impeachment, Resignation or Assassination will NOT give you a new election. Neither Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren nor Hillary Clinton will ascend to that lofty office. The law will be followed and it is the law of presidential succession. Here it is folks. At what point will you be satisfied? Who on this list will get you to shut the hell up?

    1 Vice President Mike Pence (R)
    2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R)
    3 President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R)
    4 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R)
    5 Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R)
    6 Secretary of Defense James Mattis
    7 Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)
    8 Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse (D)
    or Secretary of Commerce Kenneth E. Hyatt
    or Secretary of Labor Ed Hugler (I)
    9 Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price (R)
    or Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Craig Clemmensen
    or Secretary of Energy Grace Bochenek
    10 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (R)
    11 Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
    12 Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly

    1. An excellent and comprehensive summary. I seriously doubt any of these Left-Coast Clowns have any idea that there is actually a process to be followed. Equally as likely is that they probably think a President can be impeached simply because “we don’t like him.”

      I used to think America was in good hands. However, it appears that a substantial number of Americans are sufficiently lacking in critical thought processes to the point that total abject idiots like those on this city council keep getting elected and thus have a forum to spout such nonsense.

  48. I find it interesting that 7 of the 8 council members are women…

  49. Egads, what a bunch of nitwits, totally devoid of reality.

  50. If your opposition to Trump produces as salutary a result as your opposition to apartheid, there will be raising goats in your City Hall in a decade and a half. Couldn’t happen to a wiser bunch say I

  51. When Obama sold out country to Iran where was the call to impeach him? When he gave green light to Holder to dismiss the charge of voter intimidation of the Black Panthers where was the call to impeach him? When Obama illegally had Gadafi removed and executed where was the call to impeach him? When Obama ran illegal gun running to Mexico that end in the death of one our border patrol agents where was the call to impeach him? When he started the illegal war with Lybia where was the call to impeach him? Who knows what else Obama has done to cause this country harm…time will tell. Berkley and the rest of the lib cities and people where were you??? Hmmm. Oh I know Obama was your guy and could do no wrong because in your eyes the destruction of America is what you’re after. I have an idea you don’t like America LEAVE!!!! GO FIND AN ISLAND AND MAKE YOUR ETOUPIA! Leave us constitutional, freedom loving, law abiding citizens alone!