Tea and no sympathy: Angry voters give NY GOP congressman ‘town hell’

Posted by | February 18, 2017 12:15 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics

Republican Congressman Tom Reed, whose district lies on the outskirts of Buffalo, New York, held a town hall that drew such a big crowd that it had to be moved outside. It did not go well for the poor, put-upon congresscritter:

A huge crowd of raucous progressives and quieter conservatives overwhelmed Rep. Tom Reed’s town hall meeting in this Chautauqua County village Saturday morning, with the progressives repeatedly interrupting and shouting down the congressman’s comments as he tried to defend Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The crowd was so large that it was moved out of the senior center where it was scheduled and into the parking lot outside. There, Reed patiently worked — but failed — to maintain order. …

[D]ecorum broke down as Reed described replacing Obamacare with a conservative plan that would include health savings accounts.

“How can the poor get savings accounts? How can the poor get savings accounts?” many members of the crowd replied in unison.

Similarly, as Reed tried to elaborate on the Republican health care plans, another chant broke out.

“We want your health care! We want your health care!” the crowd chanted.

Meantime, others in the crowd — men wearing NRA and Infowars baseball caps, women in parkas who refused to speak to reporters — stood silently by in the chilly sunshine, frowning. …

ealth care clearly wasn’t the only issue on the minds of the progressives in the crowd, who interrupted Reed’s comments on health care with the chant: “Taxes! Trump! Taxes! Trump!”

That was a reference to President Trump’s refusal to release his income tax returns.

Reed recently voted in committee against legislation that would have forced Trump to release his tax returns, and when he mentioned that, the crowd drowned him out with boos.

When he tried to explained, they drowned him out again.

“What are you covering up?” the crowd chanted. “What are you covering up?”

Could it be… Putin? Just askin’.

Watch the Facebook live video of the event.

Rep. Tom Reed Town Hall

We're at a town hall discussion led by Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican congressman in New York. Leave your questions in the comments, and NYT reporter Nilo Tabrizy will ask some.

Posted by NYT Politics on Saturday, February 18, 2017


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12 responses to Tea and no sympathy: Angry voters give NY GOP congressman ‘town hell’

  1. Mike February 18th, 2017 at 12:44

    Way to go … hold their feet to the fire …

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  2. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker February 18th, 2017 at 13:02

    Loved the question about $7M wasted on Benghazi bullsh!t and asking
    when republicans are going to investigate Russia’s involvement in our election and influence over our executive branch.

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    • Willys41 February 18th, 2017 at 21:45

      Trump doesn’t know. Obviously.

  3. StoneyCurtisll February 18th, 2017 at 13:12

    It’s about damn time…
    “what goes around, comes around”

  4. Roctuna February 18th, 2017 at 17:12

    Was this the same busload of people that voted in New Hampshire and invaded Chaffetz’s townhall in Utah?

    • amersham46a February 18th, 2017 at 19:18

      upon further investigation it was discovered most were undocumented Eskimos from Libya

  5. whatthe46 February 18th, 2017 at 17:52

    they are so full of sh!T

  6. majii February 18th, 2017 at 21:16

    I find it interesting that this article mentions that there were more progressives at Reed’s town hall than conservatives because when the TPers were disrupting democratic politicians’ town halls a few years ago, they were described as Americans, and patriotic ones at that.

  7. Willys41 February 18th, 2017 at 21:44

    Yeah “health savings account” should work great for people with zero disposable income.

  8. The Original Just Me February 18th, 2017 at 23:19

    Hum, Republicans getting run out of their own town hall meetings is becoming the ” NORM “.

  9. Duke Woolworth February 19th, 2017 at 08:39

    This was without the summer crowd at the Institution, who run quite liberal.

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