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Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) with Donald Trump (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Congressman afraid of women getting ‘in my grill’ met with jeers at town hall meeting

February 22, 2017

U.S. Representative Dave Brat, a Republican from Virginia who confessed trepidation about having to host town halls because “the women are in my grill” about Obamacare, finally faced the music on Tuesday night in Nottoway County. Despite Donald Trump having won the rural county during the election, Brat was reportedly heckled nonstop during a meeting that filled the entire town hall as scores more waited outside the building.

“The problem is Obamacare has just collapsed,” Brat told a crowd of 150, only for them to yell back, “No, it has not!”

In addition to Brat’s insinuation that the women opposing him were merely “paid activists,” the Republican congressman had further antagonized critics by accepting an invitation to appear at a town hall in Arizona before agreeing to hold one in his native Virginia. Confronted by a crowd in which many bore stickers with their zip codes to prove to him that they were from his constituency, Brat faced repeated derision as he sidestepped questions about climate change and attempted to defend Donald Trump’s policies. Asked about how a fiscal conservative such as himself could justify a plan for wall on the Southern border estimated to cost at least $15 billion dollars, he replied, “The answer is ‘easily.’”

Brat isn’t the only Republican having to deal with hostile town halls — even in constituencies that carried Trump during the election. At a luncheon held in Kentucky, video captured one constituent giving Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell a verbal lashing.

“The last I heard, these coal jobs are not coming back and now these people don’t have the insurance they need because they’re poor,” the woman told McConnell. “And they work those coal mines, and they’re sick, the veterans are sick, the veterans are broken down, they’re not getting what they need.”

“If you can answer any of that I’ll sit down and shut up like Elizabeth Warren,” she added, referencing to McConnell’s decision to prevent Warren from reading a letter by Coretta Scott King condemning Jeff Sessions, the now-confirmed Attorney General, during Senate debate on his nomination.

Read the full story at The Washington Post and Mashable.


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