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Citizens confront congressmen at town halls around the country

[UPDATED3] President’s Day is a national holiday, and U.S. senators and representatives held town halls around the country this week.

However, many congressmen seemed to share this point of view:

Consequently, in a whole lot of communities, citizens held town halls without their congressmen.

On Friday, Alabama U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R) acknowledged the movement on local radio:

I don’t know if we’re going to be able to repeal Obamacare now because these folks who support Obamacare are very active, they’re putting pressure on congressman and there’s not a counter-effort to steel the spine of some of these congressmen in tossup districts around the country.

 
Lest you think that Rep. Brooks thinks this is a good idea …

And you may not even see a vote to repeal Obamacare, you might see something where they call it a repeal but really it’s an amendment. You and I have talked about this before. We need an outright repeal of Obamacare and then whatever’s gonna come after it, fine, let’s have that discussion. But this monstrosity needs to be repealed and right now, in my judgment, we don’t have the votes in Congress to pass a repeal bill, in part because of what these people are doing

Party leadership, starting with the President, have characterized the citizens as agitators trying to “bully” the Congressmen. Brooks echoed this refrain, claiming that there are “some anarchist types, criminal element types, disruptor types.” Headlines are noticeably missing reports of this type of behavior, and “if it bleeds, it leads.”
 

Scenes from

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. Georgia
  7. Florida
  8. Idaho
  9. Illinois
  10. Indiana
  11. Iowa
  12. Kentucky
  13. Louisiana
  14. Maryland
  15. Maine
  16. New Jersey
  17. New York
  18. North Carolina
  19. Ohio
  20. Pennsylvania
  21. Tennessee
  22. Texas
  23. Virginia
  24. Washington

 

Alabama

 

Arkansas

 

California

 

Mariposa

 

San Diego

 

Colorado

 

Connecticut

 

Florida

 

Georgia

 

Idaho

 

Illinois

 

Indiana

 

Iowa

https://twitter.com/mcspocky/status/834490482399051783

 

Kentucky

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told local business leaders that “winners make policy and the losers go home.”
AP

 

Louisiana

 

Maine

 

Maryland

 

New Jersey

 

New York

TOM REED

 

Brooklyn

 

Rhinebeck

 

North Carolina

https://twitter.com/BullCityVA/status/833322970542120960

 

Ohio

 

Pennsylvania

 

Tennessee

 

Texas

https://twitter.com/BlazeBerner/status/834300215511248896

 

Virginia

 

Blackstone

 

York

 

Washington

Photo: Seattle Women’s March, 21 January 2017
POSTED: 11.23 pm Pacific, 21 February
UPDATED: 11.45 pm Pacific, 22 February
UPDATED: 6:20 pm Pacific, 24 February

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