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Voters Are Turning Republican Town Halls Into Must See TV

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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Republican members of Congress — at least, those who deigned to show up — faced angry constituents in district town hall meetings across the country Tuesday. Many of the meetings drew overflow crowds filled with local residents who turned out specifically to voice anger over GOP threats to Obamacare. Tuesday morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter to dismiss those voters with the latest conservative myth: That any constituent who voices dissent is a “paid protester,” a liberal plant from out of town.

Like all of Trump’s lies, the strategy is obviously to repeat this talking point until it becomes the accepted wisdom of his base — or, perhaps, until fed-up constituents vote these spineless GOP sycophants out of office.

Here’s a look at some of the justifiably angry and organized masses that turned out just last night.

1. At a luncheon meeting in his home state of Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was roasted by a woman voter who questioned him on coal jobs and the Obamacare repeal. “If you can answer any of that, I’ll sit down and shut up like Elizabeth Warren,” the constituent said at the end of her speech, referencing the now infamous incident that occurred on the Senate floor earlier this month.

2. Iowa’s Chuck Grassley was challenged by two constituents. An Afghan man, who worked as an interpreter with the U.S. military, questioned what would be done to aid him as the Trump administration rolls out its unconstitutional Muslim ban. “Who will save me?” he asked the senator.

And a local farmer revived the Republican myth of Obamacare “death panels” to drive home how lives would be imperiled by an ACA repeal.

3. In Colorado, constituents held an “in absentia town hall” for legislators who were no-shows. Already familiar with the lie Trump again repeated the morning before, they kicked off the session by holding up their Colorado drivers’ licenses to prove they’re local residents.

4. Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey avoided his constituents altogether, but they went ahead with a town hall anyway. It featured an empty suit in Toomey’s place, to which constituents directed their questions.

5. Here’s a crowd angrily booing Senator Joni Ernst after she cravenly ducked out of a meeting with constituents from Maquoketa, Iowa after just 45 minutes.

6. Dave Brat of Virginia did his job and held a second consecutive night of town hall meetings Tuesday, but not without a chorus of criticism.

7. Watch this Arkansas crowd’s reaction to Steve Womack’s ridiculous answer about an investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. Bonus point to the constituent who yells, “You guys wasted a lot of money on Benghazi—waste a little on Trump.”

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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22 Comments

  1. I of John February 24, 2017

    I can’t wait for the empty suit ads!

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  2. Dan S February 24, 2017

    People are fired up and now realize we’re under siege by our own government headed by the GOP. Heads are going to roll and when we have proof that Trump is deeply intertwined with Russia not only will he be removed from office but sent to prison over charges of treason. We’re taking back our country and the guilty will be exposed for the hypocrites they are. RESIST !!!

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2017

      If you heard Bannon last night on CPAC, you would have been scared out of your wits when he said, “We will smash the state!” Those are the same words Hitler used. Bannon is just like Hitler in many other ways. For one thing, he is the brains behind Trump. Trump is not the brightest bulb in the pack. He just talks a good CONman’s line of BS. But, Bannon knows he can refashion the entire U.S. government and all he has to do is remain behind the scenes pulling all the strings.

      At least, GWB often fought off Cheney’s demands. Trump won’t bother. As a CEO mentality, he believes he can dump off all the dirty jobs to others. But Cheney never had Bush’s ear on domestic affairs. Nor did he sit on the NSA board.

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      1. pisces63 February 24, 2017

        My 11 year old granddaughter asked how someone like trump could win and when he did said, so that’s how Hitler won. Hermann Goebbels, incarnate. It was chilling to hear him, watch him. Go to NYT and see for yourselves. Also, look at clips of Nazi Germany and their attack on the press. Word for word, basically the same.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2017

          That is who I am most concerned about…our little ones. We now have a Secy of Ed DeVos who wants school kids armed while she preaches her holy holy holy gospels.

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          1. pisces63 February 24, 2017

            Not only that, she is as dimwitted as they come and as a black woman, Cleveland Public schools grad, along with 4 sisters and our seven children, all college grads, I am taking exception to village idiots like her and people interjecting their religion on me and mine. I am a Christian BUT I draw the line at it being taught in school, public. If that is your goal, there are many parochial schools to choose from, in fact with the pushing of my late Senator George Voinovich, we have school choice. Why? Not to help the little black children but to get one particular sect paid because they are going broke due to the amoral conduct of their priests all over the world.

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        2. idamag February 24, 2017

          I have read many many books on nazi Germany and the holocaust. One of the best books details how hitler came to power from the 20’s to the 30’s. It is called, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” Trump is not going to be our hitler. Bannon is. Trump is his useful idiot.

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          1. pisces63 February 24, 2017

            Own it and the History Channel has a two part documentary they show time to time. The Rise of the third Reich and The Fall of the Third Reich. Each an hour long from the view point of regular people, sneaky foreign news people, etc.

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      2. Dan S February 24, 2017

        I completely agree. Trump is just a tool a useful idiot for people like Bannon who’s the real menace. At least people are waking up to the fact our democracy and freedoms are at stake and we must RESIST them at all costs. The Town Halls across the nation are inspiring and letting their elected leaders know that we’re just not going to play the victim and submit to their will. It’s time to take back our government and throw the traitors out

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        1. idamag February 24, 2017

          If there is a town hall near you, a resistance march, or a chance to send a barrage of postcards, do it. I like postcards because they are out there for everyone who handles them to read. The last batch I sent has a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. The lifeboat’s name is ACA. There are two people in the boat. One has no life jacket. The one with a life jacket is chopping the boat up. The other one is saying, “Shouldn’t we have another boat here before we destroy this one? I don’t have a life jacket.”

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          1. Dan S February 24, 2017

            The resistance is getting more dire. As you probably heard by now Trump put a gaggle on several prominent news organizations keeping out CNN, WAPO, NYT and Politico to name just a few who weren’t permitted at a Trump news briefing. Of course Fox and Breitbart were allowed in. Is it just me or has this just become a dictatorship ?

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    2. idamag February 24, 2017

      We have to resist before it is too late. Ala adolph, they are trying to suppress the free press. Ala adolph, they have bannon who is fascist through and through. We have people, in this country that will not be safe.

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  3. yabbed February 24, 2017

    Trump voters brought this mess upon us all and it’s only right they try to fix the gigantic mistake of Donald Trump and a Republican control of Congress.

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  4. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2017

    My particular favorite was asshat, Louie Gohmert, The BIG BIG BIG Texas Bull….claiming he couldn’t show up for his town hall meeting because that’s where the most danger to politicians are. He used Gabby Giffords being shot as his example.

    Then, minutes later, Gabby Giffords herself proved what chicken livered cowards these BIG BIG BIG Texan politicians are when she told him: “I was shot on a Saturday morning. By Monday morning my offices were open to the public. Ron Barber – at my side that Saturday, who was shot multiple times, then elected to Congress in my stead – held town halls. It’s what the people deserve in a representative. “In the past year, campaigning for gun safety, I have held over 50 public events.” and nailed him to the wall with, “To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls.”

    So a tiny little woman like Gabby Giffords survives a shooting in a gun happy state and Gohmert in his gun happy blowhard state is loading up his Depends?

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  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com February 24, 2017

    the facts are one can truly see how many brain dead people live in this country when thy stand up and cheer for the DONNY DUMP CLOWN CAR DRIVES the DUMPSTER filled with the worse thing possible (HIM SELF ) lets get this all in the line it should be in ,,and as of yesterday is in a full swing for an arms race more or less or for sure the start of one anyways . as for the other country’s he pissed off these are the ones that will side with anyone else but the DUMPSTER . other country’s will hate the USA all for one clown car driver DONNY DUMP Russia’s PUTTHEAD one can see why he would push the Nuke or want more because he in KGB DNA . DONNY DUMP just like the attention and trying to be a bully of the world . it will all catch up on the DUMPSTER but at what cost to America ? SCARY VERY SCARY !! as for the 25th amendment it says the VP steps in to say the PRES. in unfit for the job OK then when the VP is in the same boat as the Pres. (as being brain washed and or brain dead ) who steps in then ?????…. and now for the DUMPSTER’s house wanting the FBI to block and or stop all the hacking bull with Russia bull . that the only thing thy can hope and pray for the longest shot . thy DONNY DUMP clown wants today for COMA COMEY & FLYNN to be both found dead looking like thy shot them self . but it would be murder after the investigation

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  6. Norm Hinderliter February 24, 2017

    At the rate the Trump “administration” is going, they will be very LUCKY, IF they “survive”, until the 2018 elections.

    I wonder how the United States would look/act, IF Trump/Pence were replaced with an “advisory panel”, made up of Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and Joseph Biden, as “interim leaders”, of the United States, until Decision 2020?

    Something to think about????

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    1. idamag February 24, 2017

      You know, you might just have an answer. Advisory panel instead of presidency, made up of equal numbers of the parties. I like it.

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      1. plc97477 February 25, 2017

        I don’t know, in our polarized society it will be about as entertaining as mud wrestling.

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  7. Albert Harris February 24, 2017

    A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
    Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better IDIOTS. So far, the Universe is winning.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 25, 2017

      It would appear so. But the issue goes far deeper than being confronted with “better idiots”. We can’t eliminate all the idiots by the standard methods used by the likes of Nazis, and America’s Eugenicists of the 40’s and 50’s, no more than we can eliminate all the roaches in any single city, so we have to find ways to educate their children and other children so they don’t become idiots like so many adults already have.
      One way to do this is for sane adults to have conversations with children and youth about the importance of cultivating an appreciation and acceptance of the Reality of “The Oneness of Humankind”—an activity already happening across the globe in rural and urban cities and villages by people called Baha’is.
      (www.bahai.org)

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  9. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 25, 2017

    It’s unfortunate that these same angry people didn’t take the time to look beyond rosy promises, or couldn’t see through Donald and the GOP’s strategy of “Divide and Conquer”. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have been so obsessed with demonizing Pres. Obama, Sen. Clinton, or equate all their woes with a bad economy and loss of manufacturing jobs.

    But that’s all water under the bridge, Trump and company are entrenched in the WH, and GOP Congressmen have all been granted the votes to continue the business as usual approach.

    It should have been obvious by the time Obama was elected that the GOP’s main objective was not to help America, but to utterly destroy Obama and everything or anyone else with a designation other than “Republican”. And now those who so mindlessly fell for Trump’s con will start feeling the crunch, first by a lack of “affordable heath care”.

    Remember that ill-fated gift that Pres. Obama put forward to provide relief, albeit still having flaws and kinks to work out, and Congress and the Tea Party’s vow and efforts to sabotage and eliminate it w/o any idea of what to replace it with, in favor of allowing Big Business and Insurance companies to reap the benefits by charging excessive fees for basic health?

    This kind of situation always happen so long as people insist on being uninformed through lack of independent investigation, incurious about how things work, and uninterested in the nature and the unfavorable consequences of “Cause-and-Effect” that result from short-sighted partisan political ideologies.

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