A town hall meeting with constituents quickly grew contentious for Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) on Friday.
Several of Ernst’s responses to Iowans’ questions earned loud rebukes from the crowd, but none more so than her defense of voting in favor of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
“Why did you not listen to your constituents?” one audience member asked Ernst about the thousands of calls that flooded into her office urging her to oppose DeVos.
Ernst replied that DeVos had been “carefully vetted” by the Senate — at which point the audience exploded in boos.
Elsewhere during the meeting, Ernst earned some cheers for saying that President Donald Trump should release his tax returns, and for saying she’d push back hard on the president’s proposed cuts to the State Department.
Overall, though, she faced mostly confrontational questioning, as the audience expressed displeasure for her answers about cutting funding for Planned Parenthood and on her views on her own party’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
Watch Ernst get booed below.
— Jason Noble (@jasonnobleIA) March 17, 2017
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According to the piece, both the left and right websites created by an international content farm to inflame people enough to click and share content. Conservative Edition News and Liberal Edition News intentionally writes stories with the purpose to infuriate each side for the purpose of generating hate-clicks, response articles and more. Headlines like "Austin sex-ed curriculum teaches kids how to obtain an abortion" and "HuffPost writer considers Christianity 'dangerous'" give right-wing audiences fodder for anger to lash out at their counterparts.
The View’s Meghan McCain insists Democrats are too weak to impeach — and rants into commercial break
The two conservative co-hosts of "The View" agreed the House hadn't turned up enough evidence yet to impeach President Donald Trump, but Meghan McCain erupted when she was interrupted for a commercial break.
Conservative Abby Huntsman has been more open to the impeachment inquiry, saying that Trump's actions toward Ukraine had been inexcusable, but she's not convinced he committed a crime worthy of impeachment.
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"Some grumbling from Republican House members that the current '45-minute' (it's been more than an hour already) #impeachment hearing break was strategic, to let the Democrats' argument and questioning sink in," Reuters reporter Patricia Zengerle tweeted.