Since President Trump took office, GOP members of Congress have been having a tough time with their usual town hall events. Typically a chance for representatives to have a direct dialogue with their constituents, many town halls across the country have been disrupted by angry liberal protesters.Unfortunately, the trend shows no signs of slowing down. For safety, some member of Congress have opted to hold telephone town halls in hopes of limiting the disruption. Others have canceled the events completely, fearing their talks would devolve into chaos.
Of course, there’s no problem with constituents voicing their concerns with their elected representatives. However, the protests become a problem when angry attendees put people in danger. That’s what happened at a recent town hall event in Tennessee, where the unhinged actions of one protester could just land her in jail.From Fox News:
The anger at GOP town hall events reached a new level this week when a Tennessee woman was arrested for following a Republican lawmaker in her car.
The incident happened after a town hall meeting on Monday night with U.S. Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN), according to FOX 13.After Kustoff departed the campus of UT-Martin, he and an aide were followed by the woman, whose aggressive driving left them “in fear of being forced off of the roadway,” according to police.
The insanity didn’t stop there. When Kustoff tried to get to safety, the woman continued her pursuit outside of the vehicle:
Kustoff and his aide then pulled off the rural road into the driveway of an acquaintance. The woman allegedly yelled at Kustoff, banged on the windows of his vehicle and attempted to reach inside.Police were called, but the woman left before officers arrived.
Thankfully, the woman was eventually caught because she bragged about the incident on social media:
The suspect, 35-year-old Wendi Wright, was later arrested after reportedly posting about what she did on Facebook. She was charged with felony reckless endangerment and released on a $1,000 bond.The episode is just the latest in a long line of incidents at GOP town hall events. Furious protesters have stormed the typically peaceful gatherings, causing fears for the safety of everyone in attendance.
Sadly, the most these disruptions accomplish is to make a scene. Meanwhile, other concerned constituents are being denied the opportunity to talk with their representatives about serious issues. When protesters like this become unhinged, nobody wins.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]