- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was pounded with tough questions from around 2,000 angry constituents at a town hall in his home state Wednesday night.
- Attendees asked about everything from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act to Cotton’s support for Trump.
- Cotton’s town hall was one of the most contentious among a slew of raucous town halls, despite the fact that it was in a state Trump won with more than 60% of the vote in 2016.
- In one of the most stunning moments of the night, a woman named Kati — who described herself as a multi-generation Arkansan from a Republican family — stood up to tell Cotton that without the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions, she “will die.” Read more (2/23/17 8:23 AM)
Meanwhile, other Congresspeople are trying to dodge their constituents so they don’t get yelled at too
- Some members of Congress are simply pulling out of previously scheduled public events and town halls.
- In New York, Rep. Lee Zeldin canceled a constituent event after his office discovered that members of local protest groups planned to attend.
- In Huntsville, Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks pulled out of a town hall event sponsored by tea party activists after interest in the event gained steam.
- It’s not just Republicans who are facing pressure from organizers on the ground. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is being trolled by constituents in San Francisco who are organizing a town hall with an “empty chair” after Feinstein declined to participate in an event. Read more (2/22/17 5:45 PM)