Thanks to liberal activist movements and organizations such as Indivisible, liberals have been pushing Trump-supporting Republican lawmakers to hold town halls with their constituents so that these Republicans can get an earful about what Americans truly feel about Trump and his agenda.
Some Republican congresspersons and senators have followed through with the requests of their constituents, but Florida Senator Marco Rubio is not one of them.
On Thursday, Rubio’s constituents in his home state held a town hall, but Marco Rubio declined to appear at it. He explained to one person why he was a no show, “I don’t know man, because town halls, people get rude and stupid ― on both sides.” Rubio also claimed that he’d heard enough from his constituents without actually continuing to interact with them, explaining, “I’ve heard the people. I ran for office. I told everybody I was against Obamacare. I told everybody I was in favor of the things I was in favor of. I’m gonna do what I told people I was going to do.”
Indivisible spokesperson Sarah Dohl criticized Rubio sharply, saying, “Around the country, groups of constituents, both inspired by our guide and not, are charting their own path as they try to engage with their representatives. If Senator Rubio does not wish to engage with his own constituents who are asking him to talk to them, that’s his choice and he shouldn’t hide behind a PDF on the internet. Ultimately, the point of a town hall is to have an open and honest exchange between constituents and their elected representative. It is the job of elected officials to listen to and represent their constituents, and that involves hearing criticism – in some cases, passionate criticism.” Do you agree with her about gutless Rubio?