“California Rep. Tom McClintock showed up Tuesday and faced his constituents at a town hall meeting — something many of his fellow Republicans have declined to do during this week’s Congressional break,” as the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting.
“About 900 people filled the Mariposa Fairgrounds and Exposition Center to toss pointed questions at the five-term congressman. Such a large crowd was a sign of how the resistance to President Trump has crept into the California’s Republican hinterlands — even to Mariposa, population 2,173.
“McClintock, first elected to Congress in 2008, has done more than 100 town halls, and his Mariposa stops typically draw 60 to 80 people. On Tuesday, every metal chair was taken 45 minutes before the event started. While a few wore “Make America Great Again” caps, the majority didn’t appear to be supporters of the president. Many of them carried signs that read, “Answer the question!,” “Dump Tom McTrump!,” “Lies!,” and perhaps most telling, “Not usually a protester … but geez.”
“’I’ve never been to anything like this but I’m frightened,’ said Penny Otwell, a painter who lives in Mariposa and held that sign. ‘But we have gone over the edge.’
“McClintock, of Elk Grove (Sacramento County), isn’t alone in facing blowback at town halls across the country during what Congress is calling its district work week. Some of the loud activism of the past few weeks — continuing rallies and protests, large letter-writing and phone-call campaigns that have overwhelmed Congressional offices — has been generated by organizing groups such as Indivisible and MoveOn and has kept many GOP members off the public stage. A list compiled by the Town Hall Project showed that of 24 political town halls, coffees and other events to be held in California this week, just five were being hosted by Republicans.
“While the minority who attended Tuesday’s town hall supported McClintock’s conservative positions opposing sanctuary cities and the Affordable Care Act, most were angry and fearful — mainly about losing their health care, the lack of legislation to combat climate change or about how their schools might change under controversial new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.”
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