Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) responded to boos and jeers at a town hall in Oroville on Monday night by asking the audience whether they would behave the same way at a church service.
Interrupted partway through responding to an audience member’s question, LaMalfa said: “You know, you don’t yell at church, do you?”
“Do you lie in church?” audience members shouted back, according to a report by CBS Sacramento.
At one point LaMalfa left the stage amid shouting, per CBS Sacramento, before returning a few moments later.
Oroville Police Lt. Gil Zarate estimated that about 600 people attended throughout the evening, according to a report by the Chico Enterprise-Gazette. The crowd repeatedly drowned out LaMalfa’s replies with shouting.
“You know, come on, really,” he said at another point.
Per the Chico Enterprise-Record, LaMalfa said afterward that the event went “as good as can be expected.”