Congressman Chris Stewart of Utah is the latest GOP lawmaker to be met with boos and heckles at a town hall meeting.
Left-wing activist groups organized outside the doors of the West High School town hall in Salt Lake City Friday, where more than 1,000 people were in attendance for the town hall.
Once inside, the protesters hounded Stewart to answer for alleged connections between members of the President Trump campaign and Russia,
Protestors yelled, “Do your job,” “Liar,” and “Who are you in bed with?” to Stewart, frequently interrupting his presentation.
Stewart defended several GOP policy moves against the angry crowds.
Quite a line still outside the Chris Stewart Townhall in SLC. pic.twitter.com/if2uGMeTVn
— Action Utah (@action_utah) April 1, 2017
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, many of the protesters sought answers to their questions surrounding immigration, among other issues in addition to Trump’s alleged Russian ties.
Stewart, also, expressed concern over the Russian interference in the 2016 election.
He said he is “equally concerned about both and we want to find out the answer to both,” responding to the concerns expressed by the crowds regarding this question.
The Associated Press reports the response was not received well by the crowds.
During the entire town hall, members of the audience would hold up signs that indicate if they “agree” or “disagree” with what the Stewart was supporting and defending.
Certain criticism from the crowds centered on how Stewart voiced his support for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and for supporting repeal measures to remove the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, from the national law books.
Stewart’s colleague, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, also held a town hall meeting but was voiced down by protesters. Chaffetz later argued that the protestors were probably paid to disrupt his town hall.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also had to deal with a large number of hecklers at his recent town hall. He told WFOR-Miami that activists are advised to go early to town halls to “take up all the front seats,” citing a list of protesting tips from the Indivisible movement.
“They are not town halls anymore,” Rubio said. “What these groups really want is for me to schedule a public forum. They then organize three, four, five, six hundred liberal activists in the two counties or wherever I am in the state.”