Republicans Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) were torched during separate town hall meetings in California on Saturday as voters rounded on the proposed GOP health care bill, as well as the Trump administration’s assault on environmental protections, its treatment of immigrants and its links to Russia.
Some 500 people packed into a community center in Oceanside, California, to hear Issa speak. Scores more protested outside, forcing the official to host a second meeting to accommodate the crowd.
At both meetings, voters voiced concerns about the elimination of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. When Issa refused to say “Affordable Care Act” because it’s “not affordable” he was met with a crescendo of jeers and chants of, “Do your job.”
Watch Issa get booed by the crowd when he tries to explain TrumpCare:
Hunter, whose larger town hall in Ramona attracted some 1,000 protesters, was at times confrontational, singing a line from Queens’ “We Are the Champions,” the San Diego Union Tribune reported.
He said he would not support any investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, adding that the current U.S. intelligence community is packed with “seditious Obama folks” who “hate Donald Trump as much as you do” and are trying to sabotage the administration.
“I don’t believe in guaranteed healthcare,” he said. “I believe in guaranteed access to healthcare that people can afford.”
The GOP officials were forced to hold town hall meetings after protesters gathered this week outside their respective offices demanding they appear in public.