Rep. Robert Pittenger told ‘help us impeach’ Trump or you will ‘go with him’ during raucous town hall

Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., was warned during a raucous town hall that if he didn’t get on board with efforts to impeach Trump, he could soon find himself out of office.

“Either you will help us impeach him, or you will go with him,” Pittenger was told during a Thursday town hall.

Pittenger told the crowd of his last of nine town halls that he sought “civil discourse,” but attendees only responded with boos and jeers.

“All right, you’ve talked enough,” yelled one attendee. “Let’s hear from the crowd.”

The tense exchange betwen the congressman and the crowd of about 250 lasted nearly two hours with Pittenger put on defense for his effusive support for President Trump, even after his controversial response to the deadly riots in Charlottesville, Va. At the time he said Trump was unfairly criticized for what many viewed as failure to strongly condemn Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and other white supremacist groups.

Pittinger was also quick to draw distinctions from the president’s policies and his more bombastic style.

“Obama said it all right,” he said. “But his policies were a dismal failure.”

While much of the attendance found itself at odds with Pittinger’s positions on climate change, repealing Obamacare, school choice, and Russia’s role in the 2016 election, most appeared grateful that he was willing to address those issues with them.

“We want to have our questions and concerns heard,” Ava Willimson, a local leader the anti-Trump group Indivisible, told the Charlotte Observer. “It’s helpful for us to get some things on the record.”

Still, the tenor of the feedback towards Pittinger spurred a rebuke from one audience member.

“Many of you have been very rude,” Lawrence Nazarian told the crowd.

Pittenger is among a select number of GOP House members who have chosen to hold town halls this year, while many of his colleagues have sought to avoid these kind of events, which often bring these kind of contentious exchanges.

“They’re very frustrated,” he acknowledged to the Charlotte Observer, “I really like the engagement. I like people to express themselves.”

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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