GOP Senator To Angry Constituents: Schedule Your Protest In Advance!

AP

A Republican senator in Idaho has asked constituents to schedule meetings in advance at one local office after dozens of people protesting President Donald Trump have swamped the location every day for two weeks.

Sen. Jim Risch’s chief of staff, John Sandy, said the decision to ask constituents to schedule meetings came amid the senator receiving “1,000s of calls a day” and receiving 30-40 visitors daily at his Boise office for the past two weeks, “demanding meetings right now,” according to the Idaho Statesman.

“Sen. Risch’s main priority is always serving the constituents of Idaho, but at the same time, the safety and security of his staff is also important,” Sandy told the publication Wednesday. “We would just ask if people would make an appointment and be respectful of the staff.”

The Statesman reported on a similar swell of constituents protesting Trump’s immigration executive order and Republicans’ attempts to repeal Obamacare, among other things, at Risch’s Coeur d’Alene, Idaho office on Tuesday.

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