Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) said his health care town hall this weekend was a “mob scene” filled with people from outside the neighborhood who were brought in by the Republican and Libertarian parties.
Their purpose was not “just to get their own voice heard, but to ensure other people weren’t heard,” he told Chris Matthews on Hardball. “I think these folks are really desperate to stop health reform.”
After an hour answering the “toxic questions” of protesters, Doggett left the Randalls grocery store where the town hall was held. Protesters, chanting “Just say no!” followed him to the parking lot in a swarm.
“A mob scene is just one way of trying to intimidate members to weaken their position,” he said. “It just strengthened my resolve.”
Doggett also compared the protesters to birthers and secessionists.
“It’s the same fanaticism I saw on Saturday,” he said. He claimed most of the protesters weren’t from the neighborhood, but were brought in by the Republican and Libertarian parties.
The protest was one of several at town halls across the country this weekend and over the past few weeks.
One protester carried a sign with a picture of a marble tombstone engraved with Doggett’s name, he said.
Here’s a video, via Chron.com.