Members of the House and Senate are due to return to their districts this weekend during February’s weeklong recess to hold town halls, but over 200 Republicans this February will be foregoing this “hallowed recess tradition,” reports Alex Thompson. Republican lawmakers apparently are looking to avoid questions from their constituents in these scandalous times, particularly after witnessing some of the rage at some of the earlier town halls, like the event near Salt Lake City in which constituents yelled “Do your job!” at Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
“Many Republicans are ducking in-person events altogether. Instead they’re opting for more controlled Facebook Live or “tele-town halls,” where questions can be screened by press secretaries and followups are limited — as are the chances of becoming the next viral meme of the Left,” says Thompson.
Republicans who have received rough treatment at their town halls, Thompson notes, have been dismissing the attendees as professional organizers. “a sentiment echoed by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who called recent marches and protests against Trump are “a very paid, AstroTurf-type movement.”
But that hasn’t stopped Democratic activists who have been organizing to manufacture memorable viral moments of confrontation like the tea party movement did in the summer of 2009. #Indivisable