Here’s how the Orlando area reacted to President Trump’s acquittal

Some hung signs from overpasses, others took to the streets

Dozens of protesters gathered outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Downtown Orlando on Wednesday night, protesting his vote to acquit President Donald Trump.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dozens of protesters gathered outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Downtown Orlando on Wednesday night, protesting his vote to acquit President Donald Trump.

At the corner of Church St. and Orange Ave., Cynthia Beckert held a bull horn and led the crowd’s chants.

“I’m out here to let Sen. Rubio and Sen. Scott know that we are very disappointed in them,” Beckert said. “Shame on them for being oath-breakers.”

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The crowd’s message was very clear. Some protesters held signs reading “Shame on You Rubio”, “Nobody is Above the Law”, and “Save Our Democracy, Remove Trump.”

The Senate, including Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, voted to acquit President Trump on two charges: Abuse of Power, and Obstruction of Congress.

“I think this was a thoroughly political exercise from the beginning to the end,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said.

Here in Central Florida, some supporters of the president took to I-4 to celebrate.

They hung American flags and signs reading “Trump 2020” from a walkway on an overpass in Seminole County.

Protesters took to the streets of downtown Orlando after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Trump. (WKMG)

“They voted to support a sham and a cover-up,” Beckert said.

“Vote them out, Vote them out,” Beckert said as the crowd chanted with her.

Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat from Orlando, was a case manager in the impeachment trial, and is set to speak with the media about the Senate’s decision on Thursday.


About the Authors:

Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013. He is one of the station’s lead reporters. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.