Foreign Affairs

A Chorus of Boos

Things aren't going so well for Republicans back in their districts. Last night, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Justin Amash (R-MI), and Diane Black (R-TN) arrived at town halls with hundreds of voters demanding answers on President Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban, GOP efforts to #MakeAmericaSickAgain, and more.

Politico reports on the vocal opposition Chaffetz faced:

“In a high school auditorium crowded with protesters, with hundreds of others reportedly denied entry to the jammed room, Chaffetz struggled at times to justify his lack of interest in probing President Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest, Trump's controversial restrictions on immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations, and other White House decisions.”

“Chaffetz added, to clamorous boos from his constituents, that he would not pursue other avenues of investigation into Trump's potential personal gain from his office...”

And over in Michigan, it wasn't any quieter. From Mlive:

“As U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, walked out onto the school auditorium stage, hundreds of eyeballs were fixed on him.”

“Outside, fists pounded relentlessly at the locked glass doors while faces contorted with frustrated expressions looked in at police officers and school officials, who stood with arms crossed. Many expressed confusion at why -- though they arrived 10 minutes early and had to park and walk from blocks away -- they were being denied entry to a public meeting.”

“From the chorus of ‘boos’ unfurled when Amash said he supports repealing the Affordable Care Act to the cheers when a resident asked the congressman to demand President Donald Trump's tax return, there was no question the Republican faced a group with opposing political viewpoints.”

Rep. Black in Tennessee was also met with criticism. From CNN:

“Black, along with two other GOP local officials, were at first asked questions that had been pre-submitted on the topics of healthcare and tax reform -- a format that clearly frustrated audience members and prompted some to interrupt.”

“Mike Carlson, a 32-year-old student from Antioch, Tennessee, said that as an overweight man, he depended on Obamacare to stay alive. ‘I have to have coverage to make sure I don't die. There are people now who have cancer that have that coverage, that have to have that coverage to make sure they don't die,’ Carlson said. ‘And you want to take away this coverage — and have nothing to replace it with! How can I trust you to do anything that's in our interest at all?’”