Progressive activists host “Vigil for Democracy” in wake of U.S.-Russia Summit

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Dozens of people are expected to gather in front of the courthouse in Lexington Wednesday night to show their displeasure with President Trump’s handling of this weeks U.S.-Russia summit.

A group of activists will be coming together not for a rally, but for a candlelight vigil they say symbolizes their sadness over President Trump’s controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“People came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have president Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this I don’t see any reason why it would be,” said President Trump during the summit.

On Tuesday, Trump said he meant to say “wouldn’t,” instead of “would.”

But still it’s those words among many others during Monday’s press conference in Helsinki, Finland that has caused a wave of outrage here in the U.S. from people saying President Trump is siding with Russia over his own intelligence agencies when it comes to the investigation into outside interference in the 2016 election.

That outrage has motivated hundreds of progressive groups across the country to organize candlelight “Vigils for Democracy” Wednesday night at sundown.

Bluegrass Activist Alliance will be hosting one of those vigils in Lexington at the Courthouse Plaza.

Organizers say the vigil will not be a protest but a time to share their concerns over the direction our country is going.

“We’re worried about what is happening and we want to preserve out democracy because we are Americans. We love America and we feel like it’s really important that all of us as Americans should come together and preserve the democratic values that we care so much about,” said Julie Martinez with Bluegrass Activist Alliance.

Organizers say they expect more than one hundred people to attend the vigil.

It begins at 8:30 p.m.