Angry Voters Confront Democrat Over Impeachment: ‘That’s A Lie!’
Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin cornered at town hall event
Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI) faced backlash from angry voters during a town hall event on Monday who called her decision to back impeachment efforts purely partisan.
“Slotkin’s district supported Trump in 2016, so she was prepared for the mixed reception at Monday’s event,” Fox News reported.
“Indeed, the event kicked off with a battery of jeers and outbursts from the crowd as she spoke about why she went from being against impeachment after the Russia investigation to in favor of it now.”
“I’m going to try to walk you through my logic, and I know it’s clear that we don’t all agree, but I’m going to walk you through my logic in an attempt to be transparent, and I know, I knew from the very beginning, that this was going to be a controversial decision.”
“That was something that I understood from the very beginning, but for me, it was something that was important to do as a matter of principle.”
“I came out in September, and I wrote a similar op-ed, September 23rd, in the Detroit Free Press that I thought after many, many months of not supporting an inquiry, that I thought it was time to have an inquiry,” Slotkin continued.
“I wrote that in September, along with six of my national security colleagues, all of us had either a military or intelligence community background.”
“After many, many years, I mean months, um, I felt that the events around the Ukraine circumstance were fundamentally different and let me explain to you why,” Slotkin continued.
“Some of my colleagues came out in support of um, an impeachment frankly when they were sworn, January 3rd, that’s one of the first things that some people did.”
But it was clear Slotkin was struggling to keep her composure as constituents continued to yell at her.
As she attempted to give a partisan accounting of the facts surrounding the case, an audience member shouted: “That’s a lie!”
Another day, another freshman Democrat refusing to stand up to anti-Semitic hate. Here's @RepSlotkin refusing to say whether Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib should face any consequences for their hateful remarks. https://t.co/HivTLTEm1Y #MI08 pic.twitter.com/GPHo0rsWGC— Congressional Leadership Fund (@CLFSuperPAC) May 20, 2019
Slotkin resorted to pleading with audience members, “I’m trying to have a civil conversation, OK?”
Protesters shouted “four more years” as Slotkin continued to speak.
Later in the press conference, Slotkin was asked by an audience member, “Why is it wrong for the president to want to investigate corruption before handing out our taxpayer dollars?”
But Slotkin ignored th question and answered a different question from the protester.
Slotkin later stated she didn't support impeachment because she assumed the 2020 election to “take care” of Trump, which some speculated she was implying she wanted to impeach Trump to prevent him from being re-elected.
“There has been a lot of discussion for the past nine months or so, eight months, about, anti-Semitism,” Slotkin told an audience in Michigan.
“We have, what I believe is a full-on attempt by the Republican Party to grab a different community and bring them into the fold, and I will just be very honest, right, they are not looking for our votes, because we are a relatively small community, they are looking for our donors.
They are looking for our donors, and they are trying to sway us.”