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Sen. Tom Cotton Finds Constituent Backlash At Town Hall

| by Oren Peleg

Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, faced heated backlash during a town hall event on Feb. 22.

Some audience members were furious over an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as proposed by the GOP.

"...I am Mary Story from Fayetteville, and I am not a paid protester," Story said during the town hall, notes Politico. "We are concerned because it appears that this administration is trampling our constitutional rights."

"I've got a husband dying and we can't afford..." another woman added. "...If you can get us better coverage than this, go for it."

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A third woman told Cotton that her husband is dying of Alzheimer's disease, according to Vox: "And you want to stand there with him at home, expect us to be calm, cool, and collected? Well, what kind of insurance do you have?"

"I want to say this, I work three jobs ... and the reason I have to work two more jobs is because my health insurance at my first place of employment doubled in the last three years," another woman added, notes Politico. "I'd like to say that there are other stories and there are a lot of people in Arkansas that do support Sen. Cotton."

"I don't care if anybody here is paid or not," Sen. Cotton responded. "You're all Arkansans and I'm glad to hear from you."

Cotton was also interrupted at one point during the town hall by chants of "tax returns," referencing the still-unreleased tax returns of President Donald Trump, according to Vox.

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During a similar town hall event in Virginia, also on Feb. 22, for Republican Rep. David Brat, constituents in the audience also protested the GOP's policies, The Washington Post reports.

“This is a female-driven movement,” a woman in the audience, said. “These are female concerns. We were shocked, stunned and horrified that the nerdy, informed woman was pushed aside for the infantile man-boy.”

Sources: Vox, Politico, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia

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