Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana accused voters at a town hall of booing "the name of Jesus" because some didn't want to hear Louisiana State Chaplain Michael Sprague's prayer during the invocation on Feb. 22 at the East Jefferson Parish Library in Metairie, Louisiana.
According to The Times-Picayune, people shouted, "Amen! Let's get on with it," "Pray on your own time, this is our time," and "Separation of church and state."
After the town hall, Cassidy told Sprague: "Thanks for doing that, Mike. Wow, they booed the name of Jesus."
Cassidy, who was late to the town hall, told the crowd: "I was looking at the tornado damage in New Orleans."
Some voters booed, and said: "It's been there for weeks. This is our time."
When Cassidy talked about his replacement for Obamacare with a PowerPoint presentation, a voter cut him off: "We can see that on your website, let's move on to something else."
"We don't want information," one woman yelled, "We want our questions answered."
When Cassidy mentioned: "President Donald Trump has said ..." some in the audience booed and shouted: "You must stand up to him. Don't be a rubber stamp."
Kenny Francis, a teacher, said he was "baffled" by Cassidy's support for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Cassidy insisted DeVos was going to uphold laws and support public schools, but some voters shouted, "She lied!"
"I know why you supported her," said a female voter, who was with a group that held signs reading "Bought And Paid For" and "Senator For Sale $70K."
Cassidy denied that DeVos contributed $70,000 to his campaign, but people yelled: "We don't believe you."
The Times-Picayune gathered donation numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics that found DeVos did donate three times -- $2,600 each time -- to his 2014 campaign. When added to donations by other members of the DeVos family in 2014, the total came to $70,200.
When Cassidy's town hall came to an end, some voters chanted, "Do your job! Do your job!"
Cassidy gave some final thoughts to The Times-Picayune about the rowdy meeting:
I assume they're Americans who care about our country, who feel differently about Trump than most folks in Louisiana do. But they're coming out with their constitutionally protected right to assemble and speak. And isn't that a good thing?
There were some there who wished to be heard but did not want to listen. And, unfortunately, what they wished others to hear was a chant.