Crowd at Utah Capitol calls Trump out for corruption

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ezra Weitz waves a flag at the Confront Corruption Vigil at the Utah State Capitol, Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

About 100 people showed up Wednesday night at the Utah Capitol for a vigil called “Confront Corruption: Demand Democracy.” Activists listened to speakers and chanted anti-Trump slogans, as Salt Lake City joined more than 110 planned vigils nationwide in protest of President Donald Trump’s statements at a recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Organizers in a statement said the comments were concerning.

“From attacks on the institutions that exist to hold our leaders to account — the press and law enforcement — to rampant conflicts of interest, ethics violations and the flagrant abuse of government offices for personal gain, the degradation and corruption of the American government by this President, his associates and many in his party has reached a profound new low.”

They say they held the event to take a stand against corruption and defend the democracy.