Trump Dismisses Town Hall Crowds ‘Planned By Liberal Activists’

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening downplayed the large crowds that have been showing up to Republican lawmakers’ town halls, saying that the constituents are often just “liberal activists.”

Home in their states for the week, Republican members of Congress have faced large crowds, tough questions and protests. The Utah Republican Party even urged lawmakers not to hold town halls due to concern about “acts of intimidation and violence.” A Republican congressman in Minnesota also threatened to cancel an upcoming town hall if protesters turn the event into a “disruptive display.”

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  1. Rotten majority don’t know you’re worshipped as a god? Sad.

  2. It’s exercising constitutional rights. Do you have a problem with that, you moron?

  3. Avatar for jsfox jsfox says:

    Poor little Donny can dish it out, but can’t take it. Typical bully. Sad

  4. yep… de-legitimize a group by calling them pejorative names… good fascist tactic…

    clearly not the same as Koch sponsored ‘grass roots’ Tea Party 'conservatives demonstrating for more tax breaks for the 1%

    remember when being a 1% 'er meant you belonged to an outlaw motorcycle gang?

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