Constituents are upset about almost everything from the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare to Russian interference in the U.S. elections and more, reports NPR’s Jessica Taylor.
The backlash, in fact, is occurring in deep red country, from western New York to Kentucky and Iowa. Some Republicans , says Taylor, including President Trump in a tweet Tuesday night, have tried to dismiss the phenomenon, claiming that progressive activists are simply organizing the protests for maximum effect.
The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2017
Democrats made similar arguments in 2009, notes Taylor, to explain away backlash at town halls that summer and then, Democrats got a “shellacking” at the ballot box the following November.
Even the man with no compunction, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, seemed rattled at what was supposed to be a GOP-friendly event on Tuesday — a $10 per plate luncheon, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.