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Trump on Protests, Leaks: Blame Obama

Claims Obama's 'people' behind town hall protesters in Fox interview, says 'that's politics'

(Newser) - President Trump has taken his claim that "liberal activists" are behind protests against Republicans at town hall meetings to a new level, telling Fox and Friends that his predecessor is really the one to blame. "I think that President Obama is behind it," Trump says in a... More »

Town Hall Venting: 'What Kind of Insurance Do You Have'

Trump's view of the anger is similar to that of Obama's

(Newser) - Angry constituents confronting Republican lawmakers at town hall meetings continue to make headlines. Here's a look at what both sides are saying:
  • It's one thing President Trump has in common with former President Obama: The latter's White House also shrugged off town hall chaos as the work
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Trump Slams Protesters at GOP Town Halls

He tweets about 'so-called angry crowds'

(Newser) - President Trump's latest target on Twitter is people who attend town hall-style meetings and voice objections to lawmakers—Republican ones, that is. "The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!," Trump tweeted Tuesday evening.... More »

Cruz's Post-Honeymoon Splurge: 100 Cans of Soup

It was Campbell's Chunky, Heidi Cruz revealed at CNN town hall

(Newser) - Ted Cruz showed up Wednesday for a CNN town hall—or what Gawker frames as "another glimpse into the waking hell that is Heidi Cruz’s daily life"—with his wife and two young daughters in tow, and Heidi offered up a personal, if bizarre, nugget of life... More »

Arizona Heckler to McCain: 'Where's the Dang Fence?'

Town hall gets testy over immigration

(Newser) - John McCain took a lot of heat at a pair of town hall meetings yesterday over his new push for immigration reform, with many angry Arizona residents telling him in turn that illegal immigrants should never become citizens, the AP reports. "Cut off their welfare and their stuff and... More »

Romney, Obama to Crowley: No Follow-Up Questions

Moderator threatens to weigh in at town-hall debate

(Newser) - The Obama and Romney campaigns finally agree on something: They don't want Candy Crowley asking them any pesky follow-up questions. Crowley is moderating tomorrow's debate, which is to be conducted town hall-style, with audience members asking the questions. But Crowley doesn't intend to just twiddle her thumbs.... More »

GOP Rep: I'd Need to Shoot Senators to Pass Budget

John Sullivan of Oklahoma apologizes after violent comments

(Newser) - A House Republican apologized yesterday after Talking Points Memo spotted a clip of him saying he'd have to shoot some senators to pass Paul Ryan's budget. "I live with some senators, I yell at them all the time, I grabbed one of them the other day and... More »

At Perry Event, No Illegals Allowed

He hosted a town hall in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Rick Perry hosted a town hall at Granite State Manufacturing today. That happens to be in New Hampshire, which happens to be in America, so it follows that attendees should have to prove they're actually American citizens, right? AP reporter Steve Peoples tweeted , "At press check in for... More »

Obama on Taxes: Pay It Forward

Pay it forward, he says in Elizabeth Warren-esque appeal

(Newser) - President Obama tackled the economy, jobs, education, and more at today's LinkedIn townhall meeting, the AP reports. Of note: an audience member—later identified as a former Google executive—told Obama he had no job by choice after his search-engine startup did well, and asked, "Can you please... More »

Romney Wrangles With Town-Hall Questioner

Two argue over federal budget-balancing

(Newser) - In a town-hall kerfuffle caught on tape, Mitt Romney trades heated words with a questioner in discussing a balanced-budget amendment he supports, notes Mediaite . When the questioner suggests that Romney is telling his audience “what (it) wants to hear,” adding that it’s “shameful” to pretend we... More »

Lawmakers Skip Town Halls, Hold Job Fairs

More than half of lawmakers holding no town hall meetings

(Newser) - Think politicians are just a wee bit spooked by the town hall rebellion of 2009? Leery of facing angry voters, lawmakers are eschewing those events this year, the Christian Science Monitor reports, with half of Republicans and two-thirds of Democrats opting not to hold any during this month's Congressional... More »

Want to Ask Paul Ryan a Question? Please Pay $15

Congressmen find questions easier at paid-for events

(Newser) - Tired of being harassed and embarrassed by angry constituents—and, of course, always in need of cash—congressmen such as Paul Ryan, Ben Quayle, and Chip Cravaack are eschewing open town halls and instead are charging for access over this August recess, reports Politico . Questioning Ryan at an upcoming luncheon... More »

Obama Heckled Over Biden 'Terrorist' Comment

Iowa Tea Party founder Ryan Rhodes confronts him at town hall

(Newser) - President Obama was greeted with some unexpected spice at the end of his town hall meeting in Iowa last night, when the founder of the Iowa Tea Party confronted him about Joe Biden's alleged remark that Tea Party members acted like "terrorists" (the VP denies saying it ).... More »

Obama Calls Boehner's Tweet 'Slightly Skewed'

Overall, Twitter town hall nearly 'news-less'

(Newser) - The first Twitter town hall is in the books, and save for the unique forum, it was an "almost entirely news-less affair," writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post . President Obama mainly used it to rehash familiar talking points, such as pushing the GOP to bend on tax... More »

Obama Opens Town Hall Meeting on Twitter

President fields question via tweets

(Newser) - President Obama's town hall meeting via Twitter is under way here . The president is taking tweeted questions on the economy through the #AskObama hashtag, and the Washington Post has a live blog going here . Obama started things off with a tweeted question of his own: "in order to... More »

Obama's Facebook Forum Is a Little Ho-Hum

But we did get to see Mark Zuckerberg in a suit and tie

(Newser) - Maybe the most suprising part of President Obama's town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters today was that Mark Zuckerberg ditched his hoodie and put on a suit and tie, writes Carla Marinucci at the San Francisco Chronicle . "For all its tech/youth/cutting edge promise, Facebook's event was pretty... More »

Obama Will Host Facebook Town Hall

President will take questions online April 20

(Newser) - President Obama will host his first town hall as an official candidate for re-election—on Facebook. The president will go to company headquarters in Palo Alto on April 20 for the online forum, reports ABC . (Yes, Mark Zuckerberg will be there, too.) Participants can post questions for the president... More »

Asked at Town Hall: 'Who's Going to Shoot Obama?'

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun responds by citing frustration with president

(Newser) - At a town hall meeting hosted by a Georgia Rep. Paul Broun on Tuesday, the first question asked was, "Who is going to shoot Obama?" The question "got a big laugh," writes Blake Aued in the Athens Banner-Herald . But Rep. Paul Broun is catching some flak for... More »

Ariz. Shooting Victim Yanked From Town Hall for Threats

Victim interrupted a taping of ABC News' This Week

(Newser) - A man who was injured in the Tucson shooting last weekend was pulled from a town hall meeting yesterday after allegedly threatening a participant, reports the Arizona Daily Star . James Eric Fuller interrupted the meeting, being taped by ABC's This Week, telling a Tea Party leader on stage, "You're... More »

Reporter Cuffed by Joe Miller's Guards Speaks Out

Tea Party press treatment chilling, says Tony Hopfinger

(Newser) - The Alaskan reporter handcuffed by bodyguards for Tea Party Senate candidate Joe Miller and threatened with trespassing charges said it was a frightening, intimidating experience and that he wanted the guards to call the police to protect him. Tony Hopfinger, editor of the online Alaska Dispatch, was cuffed and held... More »

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