Facing increasing pressure from voters, Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton lashed out at his constituents during a rowdy town hall last weekend.
Barton’s angry outburst came after he was asked a question regarding legislation on violence against women, and his reply irked the audience.
An audience member stood up and asked Barton: “Now given your voting record opposing legislation protecting women from violence, will you make a commitment to us today, make a promise, that you will reach out to Congresswoman Jackie Speier and work with her to see this bill successfully through Congress?”
BARTON: “Let me comment on a number of things that you’re – on the first bill that I voted against, that’s a true statement, and I voted against it because I think that’s a state issue, not a federal issue, there are –”
Wrong answer. The audience reacted by booing the conservative lawmaker:
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: “Boo! Boo! No!”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: “Civil rights don’t go to states.”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: “It’s violence against women, that’s a national issue. That is an issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country but everywhere.”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: “Civil rights!”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: “You represent Texas first.”
BARTON: “You, you sir, SHUT UP!”
“You don’t tell anybody to shut up, you work for us,” the audience responded.
watch the exchange in the video below: