Many Republican congressmen and senators were sent back to Washington reeling from a week of recess where they faced their constituents who skewered them during town halls.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) decided to skip hosting a town hall altogether because his constituents will “heckle and scream at [him] in front of cameras.”
In an interview with CBS-4 Miami, Rubio said, “They are not town halls anymore. What these groups really want is for me to schedule a public forum, they then organize three, four, five, six hundred liberal activists in the two counties or wherever I am in the state.”
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) took to Twitter to roast the Florida Senator.
1. Most of the people attending are concerned constituents. 2. If you can't handle these engagements, then this isn't the right job for you. https://t.co/1ekDfpHJ6H— Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 26, 2017
He continued in another tweet, writing, “Town halls are an opportunity to discuss the Constitution, Rule of Law, federalism, capitalism. Bring people to these ideas through respect.”
The Reagan Battalion attempted to defend Rubio by posting the full video of the interview. However, Amash responded saying it’s still no excuse.
Rep. Amash hosted a packed town hall meeting on Saturday in Hastings, Michigan, which got raucous at times.
Despite the fact that Rubio believes these aren’t town halls anymore, perception equals reality.