The last thing the party needs is for their to be Republican vs. Republicans. The party has enough outsiders trying to attack. But that did not stop former presidential candidate and current Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie from bashing his fellow colleagues.
Christie went after GOP legislators who are refusing to host town halls because of the hordes of angry protestors. Some GOP lawmakers are refusing to host and attend town halls because of the angry protestors that have appeared at them. Videos have gone viral through the internet of protestors talking over Congressmen and women, yelling, screaming, chanting and more.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz from Utah even had the audacity to confront some of these flamboyant protestors for over an hour during his most recent town hall. For a Mitch McConnell town hall in Kentucky over 1,000 people showed up.
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert has refused to host a town hall because of the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords. Instead, much like his colleagues, he has instead fielded constituent letters and comments on his website. Gohmert told CNN,
“The House Sergeant at Arms advised us after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, that civilian attendees at congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed, just as happened there.”
Rep. Peter King from New York also skipped his town halls. He told WNYM-AM the following,
“There are people who are just angry, they’re angry that Trump won, that Hillary [Clinton] lost. There’s others who are being, I guess, egged on, if you will. So I’m assuming that they’re all legitimate, but to me it just does not serve a purpose. It really diminishes democracy if you’re gonna show up to a meeting to just scream and yell.”
Christie told reporters the following,
“Welcome to the real world of responsibility. The fact is that, right now, the heat is on the Republicans. It’s on us. … We asked for authority to change the country. We now have two-thirds of the statehouses in America. We have the House. We have the Senate. We have the White House. It’s now on us to produce results. And one of the things that we need to do is engage with the public.
Sure. The unions — teacher’s unions in particular — sent lots of people with T-shirts and signs that were pre-made and that were taking me on in a big way, and in an inaccurate way. I understand why members of Congress don’t like it, but you know what? You asked for the job. Go do it.”
The Governor noted he has held over 160 town halls throughout the years.
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