Republican Congressman Escorted Out By Police Amid Protests At Town Hall

AP

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) was escorted from a packed town hall on Saturday by police as protestors chanted outside.

Hundreds of protestors stood outside McClintock’s town hall in Roseville, California, according to a report by the Sacramento Bee. Most of them attended to express opposition to President Donald Trump’s administration.

Those inside the event pressed McClintock to oppose Trump’s executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, per the report. They also pressed him to denounce Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and acknowledge that human-caused climate change is real.

Police and fire officials capped attendance inside the event at about 200 people, according to the Sacramento Bee.

McClintock left the town hall at 11 a.m. after the event ended and was escorted out by police.

He said in an interview that he was advised by police that the situation outside was “deteriorating,” as quoted by the Los Angeles Times, and said the Roseville Police Department decided to provide the police escort.

McClintock said he believed an “anarchist element” among protest organizers came to “disrupt” the town hall.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever had an police department have to extract me from a town hall, and I’ve done well over 100 of them in Congress,” he said.

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