During two separate events in Ohio on Monday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was met with protesters asking him about Obamacare and President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
Almost 200 people stood outside an event at the home of President Rutherford B. Hayes holding signs Monday, and Jordan engaged with the people gathered there for about 40 minutes, according to the Washington Post.
Asked by the Washington Post if he was skeptical about the protesters, Jordan said he didn’t mind engaging with critics.
“If there are people here who aren’t constituents, they’re still Americans. I’m happy to talk to them,” he told the Post.
Jordan faced questions about the Affordable Care Act and Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the law.
Emily Fisher, a Lima, Ohio resident, told the Washington Post that she was concerned about what would happen to her health care coverage if the law were repealed.
“I want to know, how are we going to be paying for it if they get rid of that? Do the benefits just run out?” she asked.
Jordan faced a smaller group of protesters later in the day outside of an event at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, where he was attending a President’s Day event. He spent about 15 minutes with the small group of protesters, according to the Toledo Blade.
When asked if he supports an independent congressional probe into Trump’s ties to Russia, Jordan said he may support a special committee at some point, but that it would take a while to set up, according to the Toledo Blade.
“They may not agree with me, we may share different perspectives,” Jordan said outside the library as he engaged with the protesters, according to CNN. “But they’re allowed under the First Amendment to speak up, and my job is to listen and tell them where I’m at.”