In a wild town hall meeting top GOP lawmaker Rep. Jason Chaffetz is booed and jeered by angry voters.
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz held a town hall-style meeting at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights on Thursday, Feb. 9. The crowd was huge, and angry. Huffington Post reports:
Hundreds of jeering, shouting, angry voters, jam-packed in a high school auditorium, lashed GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz at his town hall meeting in the heart of red-state Utah.
At one point a brave young girl asked Chaffetz what he was was going to do to protect the environment, asking:
What are you doing to protect the water and air for my generation and my kids generation?
The defiant young girl ended her question by declaring:
Do you believe in science? Because I do!
At that point the crowd went crazy, and cheered loudly with approval.
Chaffetz, the chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, did not have a good answer for the young girl. The congressman first responded by congratulating the girl for her question and saying:
I don’t pretend to have all the answers. There are good people on both sides of the aisle.
Chaffetz eventually tried to answer the young girl’s question by saying:
I do support an all-of-the-above energy strategy, and I do think coal is an important part of that future.
The crowd responded with a sustained and long round of jeers and boos.
In fact, the entire event was a series of sustained boos and jeers for the congressman. Slate reports:
The crowd that did make it inside roiled with anger, asking pointed questions on the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, violence against women, Chaffetz’s refusal, as the GOP chairman of the House oversight committee, to investigate President Trump’s apparent conflicts of interest and Russian election meddling, as well as his stated desire to sell off local public lands.
The concern for science is particularly relevant given the new administration. Last month, in an alarming development, the Trump administration issued a gag order for both the USDA and the EPA. The order prevented scientists and other employees from sharing information with the public.
Bottom line: The resistance continues.
(Watch the meeting below, the exchange in question starts at 1:08:00.)