President Donald Trump belittled engaged constituents on Twitter Tuesday evening, dismissing those who are showing up to local town hall meetings nationwide as “so-called angry crowds.”
But reports from Tuesday’s home district events clearly demonstrated that there’s nothing “so-called” about people’s anger toward Trump and the lawmakers who are enabling his right-wing agenda.
More than 1,000 protesters greeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) outside a local chamber of commerce luncheon on Tuesday afternoon, promising to follow him wherever he goes this week.
Inside the forum, one woman blasted McConnell over jobs and healthcare—and got in a jab over the senator’s recent treatment of colleague Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) while she was at it.
“The last I heard, these coal jobs are not coming back and now these people don’t have the insurance they need ’cause they’re poor,” the woman shouted. “And they worked those coal mines and…they’re not getting what they need. If you can answer any of that, I’ll sit down and shut up like Elizabeth Warren.”
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In Tennessee, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn faced roughly 130 pre-screened town hall attendees at Fairview City Hall, while at least 150 held an alternative gathering outside. Inside, constituents booed Blackburn over everything from Trump’s cabinet appointees to his recent executive orders on immigration.
The Huffington Post reported:
After the meeting, Blackburn refused to take questions from those outside.
Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), who lamented in late-January that female constituents were “in my grill no matter where I go” due to his stance on the Affordable Care Act, faced many such women (and others) at what the Washington Post described as “a raucous public event Tuesday night.”
The Post reported:
According to Toronto Star journalist Daniel Dale on Twitter, “the most popular sign” of the evening was one that addressed both Brat’s “in my grill” remark and the charge that members of the resistance are “paid protesters”—as Trump himself seemed to suggest in his tweet.
Other moments from Tuesday evening’s town halls were captured on social media:
Meanwhile, many Republicans (and some Democrats) continue to duck hometown meetings—and to get grief about it from voters, many of whom held mock town halls with their representatives in absentia.
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