Raucous Town Hall Crowd Often Drowns Out Texas Congressman

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RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A raucous crowd repeatedly shouted down U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions as he defended Republican health care and other policies at a town hall in Richardson.

More than 2,000 people filled an auditorium at a high school in Richardson on Saturday for the boisterous town hall where Sessions regularly was drowned out by yelling from critics in the crowd.

At one point, while promoting Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, Sessions said, “I understand why you’re so frustrated. You don’t know how to listen.”

When he offered extended explanations to questions posed to him, the crowd at times chanted, “Yes or no?”

The audience grew particularly animated over questions about defunding Planned Parenthood, Russian interference in U.S. elections and federal budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.

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One Comment

  1. Hmmm. “Progressive” Democrats – our society’s new-and-improved “Party of ‘No'” – shouting down information they don’t want to hear instead of working within the system to effect positive change.

    Why am I not surprised?

    1. Art Anderson says:

      What makes you think that any Republican is interested in anything other than cutting taxes for people making a million dollars a year when most of them already pay a lower percent of their total income to federal, state, and local taxes than their admins.

    1. Art Anderson says:

      Sessions defended the right of ultra extreme wealthy sub-1% to get a tax reduction by converting the Affordable Care Act to a shell game. It’s not personal. It’s just what Republicans do. You’re gonna love “TrumpNoCare.”

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