The left-wing California-based Courage Campaign is paying $1,500 a week for a looming billboard on the Bay Bridge that calls on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
The billboard, which reads "IMPEACH" on a black background with a photo the president, starts its run on Monday and will run through October 1. The Bay Bridge is the first place in California where this billboard is going up, a spokeswoman for the group told KTVU.
The goal is to add these billboards in seven Congressional districts where voters chose Hillary Clinton, but sent a Republican to Washington, D.C., organizers told KTVU.
The billboard receives cheerful honks, lots of "thumbs up" on Facebook and comments like this from Andrew Carothers-Laske of Oakland: "He's unfit for office."
This is not the first impeachment effort against the president and it is not the first "impeach" billboard in the country. Last fall, a similar billboard was erected outside the president's country club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. That billboard was paid for by a group called "Impeach Trump Now."
As of Monday morning, Trump had not commented or tweeted about the banner.
Reached by phone Monday morning and speaking in support of Trump, Harmeet Dhillon, San Francisco attorney and committeewoman for the California Republican Party, told KTVU that "whoever put that up is exercising their Free Speech." And while she said it may seem like a "cute gesture," Trump has committed no impeachable crimes and so the billboard "has no impact in my opinion."
"I don't care for it," added motorist Bob Howard of Walnut Creek. "Trump was elected to be our president and we need to support him."
And despite the criticism on the Left, Trump still has a lot of support from his base.Left-wing @CourageCampaign paid $1,500 for this billboard to hang over the Bay Bridge for one week https://t.co/jkfBRZqs5v pic.twitter.com/vU2hVeh9i5-- Lisa Fernandez (@ljfernandez) September 25, 2017
A poll from The Economist/YouGov released Wednesday showed that Trump's base largely approves of the job he's doing. Fifty-eight percent of people who voted for Trump in November "strongly approve" of the job he's doing as president, according to the survey. Thirty percent of Trump voters "somewhat approve," meaning 88 percent of folks who voted for the president have approved of his time in office to some degree.
But those behind the IMPEACH billboard, certainly don't approve of Trump's presidency.
"From using his position as President to enhance his personal bank account via foreign interests -- in direct violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause -- to revealing classified information to Russia and openly admitting that he fired FBI Director James Comey in order to obstruct the Russia investigation, the case for the impeachment of Donald Trump on legal grounds is a no-brainer," said Eddie Kurtz, executive director of Courage Campaign. "But after his disgusting and misogynistic rhetoric about women, the nerve to rush to the defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville, and the ease with which he decided to remove DACA protections for hundreds of thousands of young people, there is more than a legal case; there is a moral imperative to act."
In August, Courage Campaign launched a petition to impeach Trump, which was signed by more than 22,000 people in less than three hours. It now has more than 90,000 signatures. For more on the petition, click here.
KTVU's Allie Rasmus contributed to this report.More