GOP Rep Says Holding Town Halls Is Like Being Yelled At In A Ritual By ‘Orientals’

Illinois Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, argues gun legislation while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Springfield Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) said late last week that holding town halls is not “productive” and compared it to “the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them.”

“You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That’s not what we need,” Bost said Friday in a meeting with the editorial board of The Southern. “The amount of time that I have at home is minimal, I need to make sure that it’s productive.”

Bost said that in-person town halls “are out of control” and that instead of holding public events he is “busy trying to work on the issue.”

“If all you want to do is stand and yell at me,” he said, “we’re not going back and forth.”

Bost’s office did not immediately respond to TPM’s requests for comment.

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  1. This is a guy who needs to be doing some self-criticism—seriously.
    If it takes 900 people to get him there, I don’t care if they are from The Orient or The Ukraine.

  2. Where in God’s name did this bozo get a 900 oriental cleansing?
    (and how much did he pay for it?)

  3. You could widen your scope and get the 900 people from the USSR, which includes both The Ukraine and parts of The Orient.

  4. Walter Sobchak (paraphrased): Also, Dude, Oriental is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

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