Congressional Republicans Are Scared of Holding Town Halls Now For Some Reason - GQ
By Jack Moore - GQ Feb. 14, 2017
It turns out many Republicans have no desire to participate in our participatory democracy.
Donald Trump's first few weeks as President haven't been all terrible. Okay, I mean they definitely have from a "being a good president" standpoint, but that's not to say that there haven't been some positive effects. For one thing, the election of co-presidents Trump and Bannon and their subsequent drive to be as evil as possible as fast as possible has led to a giant increase in civic engagement from the left. People who have never been to protests are going every weekend. Organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are raking in donations. And members of Congress are being bombarded at their town halls by angry constituents who want outrageous things like "civil rights" and "to keep their health care."
So what are Republican congress people doing with all this new aggression coming their way at constituent events? Well, they're not having them, of course.
Take for example Rep. Peter Roskam, who seemed to think that Hillary's emails were more worthy of house oversight than, I don't know RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION. Upon seeing the scenes at town halls across the country (notably Jason Chaffetz), Roskam reportedly decided not to have an actual town hall and instead held a "phone town hall."
Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton says he’s no fan of “circus” town hall meetings and prefers a more controlled setting for town-hall-style meetings by telephone, which he will conduct on Monday night.
"Circus" is an interesting way to describe the concept of democracy. But why engage with constituents who disagree with you? Then you might have to... I don't know, listen to them? See also: Darrell Issa, who had to be invited to a town hall by his constituents in a full page ad in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
He has of course not responded to this invite yet. Because that might be seen as "doing his job," and we wouldn't want that.