Angry constituents hammer Chaffetz at testy town hall; he leaves early

Posted by | February 10, 2017 09:17 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics

High-profile Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz, who as House Oversight chair did his best to milk the “Benghazi!” non-scandal in order to politically damage Hillary Clinton, found out the hard way that his constituents are furious at his failure to address their needs.

Let the tweets speak for themselves:

Oh, my. That did not go so well! Slate has more details of the disastrous town hall:

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz was home in his district Thursday night to hold a town hall at a high school in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. It did not go well. The crowd well exceeded the auditorium’s 1,000-person capacity and the event kicked off to chants of “kick him out!” (re: Chaffetz) mixed with “let them in!” (re: the some 1,000 person overflow crowd locked out of the event). The crowd that did make it inside roiled with anger, asking pointed questions on the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, violence against women, Chaffetz’s refusal, as the GOP chairman of the House oversight committee, to investigate President Trump’s apparent conflicts of interest and Russian election meddling, as well as his stated desire to sell off local public lands.

At one point, Chaffetz told the crowd: “You’re not going to like this part: the president, under the law, is exempt from conflict of interest laws.” Late in the meeting, a young girl brought the house down when she asked Chaffetz: “Do you believe in science? Because I do.” Chaffetz gamely answered questions for about an hour before heading for the exit. Outside, as the town hall wrapped up, protesters chanted “bring him out!” and “this is what democracy looks like!”

Here is teh entire event as posted to YouTube:

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9 responses to Angry constituents hammer Chaffetz at testy town hall; he leaves early

  1. Larry Schmitt February 10th, 2017 at 09:21

    Remember, you reap what you sow. He thought he could hide out for a while in an auditorium full of friendly faces. Those days are over.

    • Suzanne McFly February 10th, 2017 at 10:31

      He should of figured that out as soon as he seen people in clothes instead of sheets.

  2. The Original Just Me February 10th, 2017 at 12:13

    From all of the news reports, it seems that talking directly to and in front of the people is Not going well for any Republican Right Now. Personal contact with the Public at large is in the toilet for Republicans.

    • granpa.usthai February 11th, 2017 at 00:05

      most people realize that when trump LOST the popular vote by 3,000,000 that was NOT a mandate from the people.

      hell, 20 states don’t even have 3,000,000 people.

      Utah just barely does.

      so, basically, this republican was saying ‘F’ the state of Utah, none of you count!

      • The Original Just Me February 11th, 2017 at 04:22

        You make a good point. Idaho only has Half that many.

  3. Jack E Raynbeau February 10th, 2017 at 12:19

    Despite what happened, CotBoy will be overwhelmingly re-elected next year.

    • granpa.usthai February 11th, 2017 at 00:11

      if he gets expelled for ties with the Russian mafia, it won’t matter.

  4. amersham1046 February 10th, 2017 at 17:01

    and that was in well mannered Utah

  5. granpa.usthai February 11th, 2017 at 00:16

    Lady Clinton WON the popular vote by 3,000,000.

    almost the same as the entire population of Utah.

    it’s kinda like telling them “F-U!” you don’t count.

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