After Rep. David Brat (R-VA) complained in January that “the women are in my grill no matter where I go” now that Republicans are working to repeal Obamacare, protesters showed up in force to mock him at a town hall on Tuesday.
At Brat’s event in Blackstone, Virginia, several women brought signs referencing his “in my grill” comment. One attendee held a sign that read “VA 7th district, it’s grilling time,” according to the Washington Post.
Another sign – which read “This grandmother drove 165 miles to be in your grill, Mr. Brat and no one paid me to be here” – had a metal grill in it.
Some opposing signs at the Dave Brat town hall pic.twitter.com/QjcM6HPQ2t
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Michelle Harrington, who held the sign with the metal grill, told CNN that women won’t let Brat hide from constituents.
“He thinks he can get women away from his grill,” Harrington said. “But he can’t.”
The signs mocked comments Brat made in January at a meeting with conservative groups.
“Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go,” he said.
Brat claimed that “paid activists” were going after him.
“I had one woman on my Facebook say she was going to get up in my grill,” he said. “There’s paid protesters … paid activists on the far left, not my Democratic friends I go to church with.”
Brat’s Tuesday night town hall lasted for more than an hour, and CNN reported that “nearly every answer was met with loud rebuke from attendees.” People filled all 200 seats at the event, with people standing outside unable to get in, per CNN.