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Democrats Scramble All Over Each Other To Show Support For Science March

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Thousands of scientists came to Washington, DC Saturday to protest President Donald Trump, and a large number of Democratic lawmakers are scrambling to join in.

Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, ranking member on the House committee on Science, Space, and Technology, slammed Trump in advance for cutting funding to scientists, particularly with respect to environmental issues.

“Though I am disheartened by the fact that there currently is a need to defend the ‘vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments,’ I am thrilled to see such a large and diverse group of people passionate about science,” Johnson said in a press release. “Science shouldn’t be a partisan issue. I hope that members on both sides of the aisle are supporting all of the goals of today’s march.”

A Friday analysis from statistics site 538 found that as much as 60 percent of all political donations from members of the scientific community go to Democratic candidates. Scientists overall donated over $140 million over the last ten years, according to the report.

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland attended the march, and tweeted out his support.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy took a swipe at Trump, asserting that the administration was a know-nothing, anti-science one.

Other Democrats nationwide tweeted their support of the movement.

The earth day protests were held in 610 locations across the globe, with large protests scheduled for New York City, Washington, DC.

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