Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) Town Hall Shouted Down With “This Is America!” And “What’s Wrong With Profit?”

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August 5, 2009 11:36 a.m.

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) was on the receiving end of some right-wingers disrupting a town hall meeting Monday night, the Napa Valley Register reports.

Speaking in a packed church, Thompson and other speakers were met by shouts of “This is America!” and “What’s wrong with profit?” as they also tried to answer questions from supporters and critics in the audience.

The Napa Valley Register — a conservative paper that endorsed John McCain last year — now has a new editorial condemning the hecklers:

The display was unwelcome — and unsuccessful if it was meant to move health care reform supporters toward considering the concerns of the critics. Several callers to the Register on Tuesday reported they were repulsed by the aggressive tactics of some members of the crowd.

To the degree the catcalls, chants and shouts were organized — and it appears from events around the country that they were — we strongly suggest that the organizers find more constructive ways to get their message out.

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