GOP Congressman Gets Police Escort After Town Hall Turns Angry Over Obamacare Repeal

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In a pushback against Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, on Saturday California GOP Rep. Tom McClintock was forced to request a police escort after his efforts to defend his party’s Obamacare plans before a packed auditorium fell short and almost turned violent. Hundreds of people showed up for the town hall meeting, and McClintock's staff told him the situation was deteriorating, according to the LA Times.

"It's the first time I've ever had a police department have to extract me from a town hall, and I've done well over 100 of them in Congress," McClintock told the LA Times. A KQED Public Radio reporter tweeted this video of McClintock leaving among yelling protesters:

The angry town hall participants chanted “vote him out” outside the Tower Theatre in downtown Roseville, the Republican-heavy population center of McClintock’s sprawling congressional district. Inside the theater, more than 200 people gathered for a town-hall event hosted by McClintock the Sacramento Bee reported.

McClintock left the theater at 11 a.m., immediately after the town hall concluded, escorted by police as he waded through a thick crowd of protesters who trailed him, shouting, “This is what Democracy looks like.”

Attendees, some carrying signs that read “Resist,” “Dump Tom McTrump” and “Climate change is real,” pressed McClintock to denounce Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, acknowledge the science supporting the human causes of climate change, and oppose Trump’s executive order temporarily restricting refugee admissions to the U.S.

“I believe that order is constitutional,” said McClintock, one of several comments that elicited boos at the hourlong event. McClintock’s visit drew hundreds of people, most of whom had come to express opposition to the new administration.

Inside the theater, McClintock took about a dozen audience questions. Some of the most passionate comments came from people who said they feared losing access to health care if Republicans press forward to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a clear replacement. “What do you expect seniors and people with disabilities with low income to do if you take away our Medicare and Medicaid that we rely on to literally stay alive?” asked Amanda Barnes, who said she was paralyzed from her waist down after a hit-and-run accident in a crosswalk five years ago.

The angry reaction was to be expected: as the SacBee adds many of the town hall participants "identified themselves as liberal Democrats and progressives, while party registration in McClintock’s district – which incorporates all or part of 10 counties spanning from Tahoe to Yosemite – is solidly Republican."

McClintock's response to the crowd failed to register:

“I understand you do not like Donald Trump,” McClintock told the crowd at one point. “I sympathize with you. There have been elections where our side has lost. … Just a word of friendly advice: Remember that there were many people in America who disagreed and feared Barack Obama just as vigorously as you disagree with and fear Donald Trump.”

The progressives who forced the republican congressman to get police cover explained their action as follows:

“This is really all about resisting the Trump agenda,” said Wendy Wood, chairwoman of Indivisible Sierra Nevada, a local chapter of a political organization formed in response to the election. “Most of us have never participated in political activism of any sort. Something is happening here, and people here are not happy with (Trump) and McClintock. We’re here to vote them out.”


Roseville police and fire officials capped attendance inside the theater at roughly 200 people. Those left outside voiced frustration about being locked out of the theater, some saying they had driven for hours simply to see McClintock face to face.

“We just wanted to be able to ask questions of our representative and share our thoughts on key issues,” wrote Lauren Lake in an email. “I drove hours over a snowy pass to be there … we were told that the venue was at capacity and no one else would be allowed in.” Unfortunately, her angrier "democrat and progressive" peers made that difficult.

In a separate incident in Florida, Rep. Gus Bilirakis faced his own angry crowd during a town hall meeting in Palm Harbor. The Tampa Bay Times reported that more than 200 people appeared at the Palm Harbor community center on Saturday morning with nearly all the guests voicing in support of Obamacare. It was not immediately clear if, as in the case of the McClintock town hall, the activist crowd consisted largely of "democrats and progressives."

No matter the ideological constituency of the protesting group, however, it increasingly looks like the Republicans will have major problems with both the repeal and replace part of Obamcare, contrary to Trump's early promises, as increasingly more Congressional republicans demand to have a plan in place for when Obama's signature healthcare law is eliminated, a process which will likely prove to be a major hurdle to the speedy implementation of Trump's other various economic policies, as Goldman explained yesterday.

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balolalo's picture

don't bring the troglodytes into this

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Chris Dakota (not verified) balolalo Feb 5, 2017 2:55 PM

These people are imports, all of them have AIDS and their meds are very expensive, they want us to pay for them.

Son of Loki's picture

Soros has small terrorist cells organized all over the country it appears. It's a large FSA on the backs of hard-working American taxpayers.

glenlloyd's picture

It's Kalifornia, what do you expect? Of course in the primary socialist state in the union people are gonna be angry where their free shit is threatened.

Too fuckin bad, get rid of it!!

robertsgt40's picture

These snowflakes will be the first to melt WTSHTF.  

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

This is all astroturf Soros-funded outrage. Paid rabble-rousers and a few useful idiots. The left has officially imploded and the vacuum has allowed these cretins to slither in and sow their chaos everywhere. Best be packing when you're out in public these days, you never know when a busload of these degenerate ingrates might show up or why...

glenlloyd's picture

To anyone down voting in here Fuck you.

Here's the test, if you can figure out a way to pay for it without stealing the $$ out of other people's wallets you can keep it, but when you:

1) steal youth health benefit and redistribute that to others by making young people pay more than they should and

2) force people to buy something they don't want just so your lazy ass is covered

Then you don't get to decide.

When you pay for yourself that's fine, but we're not a socialist country so screw you.l

Implied Violins's picture

I live in Sacramento. These people make me angry, especially knowing that their actions make me guilty by association simply by living here. Trust me though, these assholes do NOT represent all of us; they are just a small, vocal minority that has the backing of deep liberal pockets for their viewpoints to be heard.

There are FAR more people like me with slow-burning fuses waiting to be heard, and when that fuse finally hits the powder, I have no doubt who will be heard the loudest. Until then, we wait...but that time is almost here.

goober's picture

I have been saving a bottle of champagne for many years to open when Kawleefornya fails as an entity. And it will, perhaps sooner than most realize. It is too far gone not to fail. It will be a very good day and a sign of things to come.

Some of you may think that is a harsh perspective. But it isn't, just realistic and honest. And yes many will suffer, but only because they insisted on it. We will see a RESET one day and Kawleefiornya will fail one way or the other.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Son,

Some are obvious paid Sorros Agent Provocateurs mixed in with actual Leftists. Others are perhaps different left over Occupy Wall Street groups which have spun off into Splinter protesting groups of their own.

You have the Anti Whites, Anti Capitalism, Anti Trump & Racism, BLM Groups. You have the Immigration, Pro Abortion, Pro Gay & Trans Whatever Groups being all sent into a fever pitch because of one person.

Criminal Pure a Evil Psychopath Geroge Sorros.

And, they all have one Ideology in Common.

They all favor Socialism & Nations without Borders.

Billy the Poet's picture

I prefer borders without nations.

East Indian's picture

That is what Obama tried to achieve in the Middle East.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Son of Loki Feb 5, 2017 3:36 PM

speaking of hardworking Americans- #boycott84lumber

run boy's picture
run boy (not verified) King Tut Feb 5, 2017 3:43 PM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do,...

Pure Evil's picture

I would think you could make more than 7K a month sucking Hillary's dick.

Maybe you should ask for a raise.

BabaLooey's picture


My gay landlord knows 3 HIV+ gay buddies.

ALL mention this as to SoeteroCare.

ALL voted for Clinton.


I am presently looking for a new place, as I am sick and tired of listening to their shit - AND SIMPLY BEING AROUND THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Darktarra's picture

Hey, progressive liberal anarchists:  I will be heading out from Whittmann AZ, to Surprise AZ in the next hour.  I will be packing a Glock 19 with 15 9mm rounds.  You are welcome to fuck with me and lose your life if you chose... I don't care anylonger! 

flaminratzazz's picture

A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you're talking about a half-hour to 45 minutes worth of digging. And who knows who's gonna come along in that time? Pretty soon, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all fuckin' night.


Nicky Santoro

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Had an email exchange with McCarpet bagger (he is from LA. not Nor Cal) before the election did NOT vote for him after hearing his Russia policy. These Libtards are probably from Sac and not ever frrom his district, although some likely are.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) TahoeBilly2012 Feb 5, 2017 3:38 PM

Most likely these bums work for the State of CA in Sac

Gay Jerry sent them up there.

BabaLooey's picture

Saw this most likely did too.....

I am concerned for you.....hang tough out there....

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Darktarra Feb 5, 2017 3:09 PM

Don't do anything.

We won and they lost.

They won't ever return to power.

Stop reading about this, take a break don't hurt yourself or they win!

dogismycopilot's picture

during that break I would suggest Gym, Concealed Carry Class, Pistol training, connecting with like minded friends in meat space, and avoiding movies and television.

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Takeaction2 (not verified) flaminratzazz Feb 5, 2017 3:08 PM

Dem/Lib/Progressives/Free Speech/BLM/etc.  These people turn Violent at the drop of a hat.

Protest against them...they turn violent..

Say one thing they don't like...they turn violent..

You think I am kidding...try it...they turn violent...

They are pure animals...and need to be dealt with that way...

This shit needs to be crushed with violence right back at them...the problem is...conservatives are not violent like this shit will keep spreading.


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Takeaction2 Feb 5, 2017 3:47 PM

A year ago I was attacked by this 20 something with Ronald McDonald red dyed hair in front of my own store.

I told it was closed, she took her phone and went to Yelp to CHECK my hours. Then said "what you need to do is go change your hours on Yelp"

I said "We don't do Yelp" They like Yelp because it is their political tool to destroy businesses.

She grabbed me by both arms pulled me close to her and keened me between the legs, like she was a street fighter fighting a man. She had a pierced tongue and was flicking it at me.

It was fucking surreal. Now when I see that hair I know what it means.

They are demonic and it is now dangerous to say anything to them.

Maynard G. Krebs's picture

In my State- Arizona that freaks behavior could get them killed quick, and at least a serious beat down.
You should have put your gun up to it's nose, like a pig going to slaughter.

An armed society, is a polite society.

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Chris Dakota Feb 5, 2017 6:55 PM

YELP is a mother fucker.....They hold back all of our good reviews and say they are "FILTERED"...but if I pay their RANSOM they will help bring those forward.  Can you fucking believe that shit.  And the SHIT reviews we have...right at the front.  ALso...If I pay their RANSOM they will take competitors ads off of our page.  FUCK EM.

Somewhere in what I just described is a lawsuit.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Takeaction2 Feb 5, 2017 7:29 PM

Corporate judges rule for Yelp because you can't hurt a Taco Bell.

They want the little guy out of business.

Cman5000's picture

These Snowflake Brown Shirts are handing Trump historic election landslides in 2018 and 2020. New mental illness called Trump Derangement Syndrome. 

Kobe Beef's picture

I thought it was Trump Acceptance Reality Disorder, or TARD.

WARNING: prolonged exposure to TARD may lead to Friendly Emergency Management Associate Citizens Against Mad Progressives, or FEMACAMPs.


doctor10's picture

O'Care was the biggest corporate bennie since the MIC came into existence after WWII

The corporate benficiearies for sure are gonna give each and any 240 Republicans at least 250K each worth of shit about this

We need more proportional representation-more congresscritters

devnickle's picture

fvkin losers. Pull your weight bitches.

Shadow1275's picture

These ppl have been on the Gubmint's teet for too long, take away their breast milk and they will lash out with their teeth. A nice lead spanking is what is needed for these bullies

Wulfkind's picture

Funny comment coming from someone who uses the very avatar of the person who instigated the same comments from his British counterparts.

devnickle's picture

You MUST be sucking Gubbermint boobie.

Wulfkind's picture

No...but just like the rest of us you're taking it up the ass by the government.

Pay your taxes now like a good little government whore....ok ?

And continue to vote just like a good little government whore....ok ?

And continue to bitch on ZeroHedge and don't do anything disruptive like your Founding Fathers.....ok ?

devnickle's picture

The radical, teet sucking left is the problem.  Keep deluding yourself. What will you burn tonight in your tantrum?

AtATrESICI's picture

Damn, where were all of the protesters when the US was prosecuting illegal wars of aggression in libya, syria, and et. al.?

dogfish's picture

These self serving assholes could care less about anybody elses pain.

bigkahuna's picture

none of those could care less  ...   they worship the dollar on their knees

Son of Loki's picture

If they like Unaffordable Care so much, then let THEM pay for it themselves.


Why should taxpayers be paying for these free loaders?

Wulfkind's picture

If they like Unaffordable Care so much, then let THEM pay for it themselves.


Why should taxpayers be paying for these free loaders?


Not that I support Obummercare.  It is an abortion.

However....who the fuck do you think pays when the uninsured go to the emergency room and can't pay for it ?

It's still the taxpayer in that that state.  It's not a tax....but it is a higher premium for you and I and higher prices from said hospital to make up the difference.


You're going to pay no matter what.  And most of these freeloaders are the working poor who have been made that way by both Republican and Democrat policies such as NAFTA and currency devaluation by the Federal Reserve which can't be touched by either party.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Son of Loki Feb 5, 2017 3:53 PM

I have to pay a fine to IRS $2500 in the next few months for not buying that shit.

7.5 million Americans can't afford to buy insurance

The IRS has collected 1.5 Billion dollars from them.

Wulfkind's picture

Sooo......whatcha gonna do about it other than bitch about it and then go ahead and pay it like a good little tax whore ?

Beowulf55's picture is an illegal tax.

Wulfkind's picture

Illegal ?

George W. Bush's Supreme Court appointee Justice Roberts said the tax was PERFECTLY legal.

And most of you voted for W. TWICE particularly as the Right Wing Bitch Show Hosts such as Limbaugh and Hannity and Levin and Ingraham preached to you faithful about how IMPORTANT it was to elect W. over Gore or Kerry because W. would pick a GOOD Supreme Court justice.

LOL !!!


devnickle's picture

Roberts is a traitor. Well known fact. Ginsberg will be done soon. Problem solved. 

Wulfkind's picture

Lie...that's a good one.

The IRS knows once you pay your taxes like a good little whore if you had insurance or not.

Your belief in the legality of it is inconsequential.