Protesters visit Maine calling for Obama impeachment
Rockland — Protesters stood near both area Dunkin' Donuts establishments Aug. 1 brandishing signs showing President Barack Obama with a Hitler moustache and urging passersby to support an effort to impeach the president.
People stood in line to sign up to support the LaRouche Political Action Committee, many of them donating money to the cause. A few cars passing by honked in support and some drivers even waved or shouted out the windows to the political activists.
Organizer Kevin Pearl of Quincy, Mass. said they called it a "thumb to bird ratio," and estimated that 75 percent of those driving by gave them a thumbs up while 25 percent offered another digit.
The group criticizes the president concerning drone attacks in Pakistan and his stance on the situation in the Ukraine.
Asked if he felt the imagery comparing Obama to Hitler was appropriate, Pearl argued Obama backed a group called Svoboda in the Ukraine, which he said are essentially Nazis. He also said Obama's policies on drone attacks in Pakistan has killed thousands of children.
"We're very harsh, but it's for a reason," Pearl argued. "We're not just calling names."
One sign near the Rockland Dunkin' Donuts said "Impeach Obama Stop WW3," a theme repeated on the group's website.
Asked why Dunkin' Donuts, Pearl said the group has no connection to the restaurant, and added Dunkin' Donuts was not happy with their placement on public space near the restaurants. They were stationed outside both the Dunkin' Donuts in Thomaston and the one in Rockland.
All of the political PAC protesters were from out of state.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.