PEABODY (CBS) — It was billed as “non-partisan,” but most of the folks who turned out in Peabody Sunday afternoon were disillusioned at the results of the presidential election last month.
The event was organized by Congressman Seth Moulton’s office. The North Shore Democrat says he’s tapping into a wave of people, who want to know what they can do in response to the election of Donald Trump.
“I think of it much more as a pro-America rally, a rally to show our values, to show that we can make a difference in the wake of an election which many people thought was disillusioning. So this isn’t just for Democrats. This is for Democrats, Republicans, independents, people across the political spectrum who want to make a difference,” Rep. Moulton told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
A few hundred people turned out at Peabody’s Veterans Memorial High School to discuss things like immigration, LGBT rights and the threat to overturn legalized abortion.
“So many people, both Republicans and Democrats alike, were disillusioned by what happened on Election Day. And they want to know what they can do to help,” the congressman told WBZ.
“We just want to make sure people have a way to engage and feel like their voices can be heard and to sustain that involvement, because we’re going to have a lot of work to do in the next four years,” an event organizer said.
Rep. Moulton is also concerned about the type of people the President-elect is considering for Cabinet posts.
“He’s picked a Secretary of State who’s an oil guy, who has the closest ties with Putin of just about anybody in America. Russia is an enemy of the United States. The ties the Trump administration has shown to the Putin regime are incredibly troubling. I hear this from national security experts not just on the Democratic side, but the Republican side, as well,” Moulton said.
Attendees later broke off into smaller workshop groups in order to brainstorm. More events like this one are planned for the future.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports