At a town hall in Arkansas, a local woman brought the crowd of constituents to their feet when she criticized Trump’s attacks on protesters.
The woman, who identified herself as “Mary Story, from Fayetteville,” and also as “not a paid protester,” got loud cheers and applause from the audience for a town hall hosted by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas).
“I’m here, like all the people who came here tonight, as a concerned citizen. And we are concerned because it appears our administration is trampling our constitutional rights,” Story said, as the room erupted in cheers. “Five of my ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War, one of my ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence.”
Story is likely referring to President Trump’s recent tweets attacking citizens confronting their elected representatives at town hall meetings across the country. Rather than commend Americans for taking their civic duties seriously, Trump dismissed the outburst against Republican Congressmen as the work of “professional anarchists.”
Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
During the town hall, another woman stood up and asked everyone in the room to stand if they would be impacted by the repeal of Obamacare, which Senator Cotton has voted for:
Woman at Tom Cotton's town hall just asked anyone affected by Obamacare to stand up. Basically the whole crowd got up. pic.twitter.com/gL4p7DH9Qf
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 22, 2017
Even Republican members of Congress from deep red states are finding themselves surrounded by angry constituents in the recent spate of town halls. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) was confronted by a woman in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky who pleaded with her senator to answer her question about his comments on bringing coal jobs back and repealing Obamacare so sick coal miners couldn’t get the healthcare they need, and then she would happily “sit down and shut up like Elizabeth Warren.”
Angry constituent gives Mitch McConnell the what for pic.twitter.com/tyHseJVtqd
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 21, 2017
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.