Rep. Raúl Labrador hosts town hall meeting

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Wednesday night faced a rowdy crowd in Meridian, Idaho, where he was pummeled with questions about health care and President Donald Trump. It seats roughly 1,200 people, which remained almost full throughout the entire event.

"So no I do not believe that health care is a basic right", says Labrador.

He originally planned for a 90-minute event, but spoke with the 800 constituents packed into a middle school auditorium for about three hours, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Progressive activists who say they're concerned about President Donald Trump were already lining up outside the venue several hours before it starts at 6:30 p.m. Shouting between attendees sometimes drowned out Labrador's responses. The Spokesman-Review adds that "many in the crowd waved green sheets of paper to show they agreed - usually with the questioner, not with Labrador". "I actually like it", an upbeat Labrador told the crowd.

"I am super popular tonight", Labrador said, laughing a little as the crowd jeered.

Trump and other congressmen have made multiple accusations that congressional town halls being held across the United States are being filled by paid protesters.

One woman at the town hall asked Labrador how he could back Trump after he was caught on video mocking a disabled reporter during the 2016 presidential election. It has been rumored that he's going to run for Idaho governor, but he declined to answer questions about the position.

Labrador held more than 20 town halls last year, but he generally holds four to six a year since taking office in 2010.

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