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Congressional GOP Confronted by Protesters in Their Hometowns

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 12:28 PM

Congressional Republicans are being met with protests in the streets of their hometowns as they try to meet with constituents, The Hill reported.

Throughout the U.S., liberal activists are marching and hoping to make legislators' lives difficult as they attend meetings and town halls, the website noted.

In Janesville, Wis. – near the home of Speaker Paul Ryan – protestors lined the streets Saturday protesting President Trump's travel ban order, according to The Hill. And in Roseville, Calif., Republican Rep. Tom McClintock had to be escorted by police to get through protestors demonstrating at his town hall meeting.

McClintock has experienced the contentious days of Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, but said those were nothing like this, according to The Hill.

"This was something very different," McClintock told the website. "After an hour, the incident commander for the Roseville Police Department advised us that the situation was deteriorating and felt it necessary to get me out of the venue."

And in Florida, Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis was confronted by an angry crowd at his town hall meeting, The Hill said. When Bilirakis thanked someone in the crowd for sharing their story about Obamacare, a protester shouted to the congressman: "Grow a spine!"

The activists are filming their encounters with the Republican lawmakers and sharing them on social media, The Hill noted.

"The activism we're seeing in the streets and at airports and women's marches is robust," said Gara LaMarche, the president of Democracy Alliance, an influential network of liberal activist groups.

While some Republicans claim the protesters are being paid to come out, others are taking the demonstrations seriously.

McClintock said, while there was "an organized and radical element that came to disrupt . . . the vast majority of the people there were decent and law-abiding, The Hill reported.

Women's marches, airport protests, and impromptu rallies have become "a near-daily feature of life" in the U.S., per the Los Angeles Times.

"But people have also begun showing up at less-likely venues: strip malls and business parks that house the offices of their members of Congress," the paper reported.

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