Ornery and outspoken, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert isn’t the type to shy away from a political scuffle. But like many Republicans, he’s decided to stop holding in-person town halls for now — thanks to the left-wing protest machine. A nationwide “storm-the-town-halls” strategy, organized by groups like the George Soros-funded MoveOn.org, has resulted in thousands of activists swamping Republicans at public events, creating media buzz as they shout down lawmakers and fueling comparisons to the tea party town halls of 2009. As the events grow more rowdy, however, Mr. Gohmert and other Republicans are opting during the recess for telephonic town halls, at least “until the threat of violence at town hall meetings recedes,” he said. “Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety,” said Mr. Gohmert in a Tuesday letter to his constituents. The concerns are more than hypothetical. The 71-year-old district director for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, hit her head, fainted and was hospitalized Feb. 14 after activists with Indivisible, an new protest group, tried to force open the office door. A 2-year-old girl was also knocked down in the tussle. A furious Mr. Rohrabacher blasted the protesters as “part of a nationwide, anti-Trump mobilization” who are “engaged in political thuggery, pure and simple.” “In fact, they are bent on dividing the nation, defying the will of voters and undermining the legitimacy of the election,” he said in a statement. “These holier-than-thou obstructionists will be held responsible for this outrageous assault. They are exposing themselves for what they are — enemies of American self-government and democracy.”
Agreed!! Those involved in the scuffle that sent that poor woman to the hospital, and hurt that 2 year old, should be arrested and charged with assault, among other things. And, they should be sued for civil damages as well. That’s the only way to fight back against this crap. Get these thugs on video pulling these stunts, turn it over to police, have them arrested…and then sue them for civil damages. If that happens to enough of these losers with Moveon.org, Indivisible and so on…then maybe they’ll rethink their tactics. We’re all for free speech. But, having the right to free speech does NOT mean having the right to be heard. And, as it relates to these members of Congress.. Their staffers should make sure that only those living in that member of Congress’ district should be allowed into the particular town hall meeting. That would also help weed out some of these professional protestors being bused in from out of state in some casese.