Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow

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Politico
February 8, 2017

House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staffs from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told Politico.

House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers invited Rep. David Reichert, a former county sheriff, to present lawmakers with protective measures they should have in place. Among the suggestions: having a physical exit strategy at town halls, or a backdoor in congressional offices to slip out of, in case demonstrations turn violent; having local police monitor town halls; replacing any glass office-door entrances with heavy doors and deadbolts; and setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos.

“The message was: One, be careful for security purposes. Watch your back. And two, be receptive. Honor the First Amendment, engage, be friendly, be nice,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.). “Because it is toxic out there right now. Even some of the guys who have been around here a lot longer than I have, have never seen it to this level.”

He later added: “For those of us who have children in grade school and that kind of thing, there’s a factor in all of this, saying: How far will the progressive movement go to try to intimidate us?”

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  • Esters

    That’s the problem with Socialism. Once you give the sheeple free stuff no matter how destructive, you can’t take it back.

    • Anti Everything

      obamacares not free

      • Esters

        Exactly

        • Anti Everything

          I see your point

  • joe

    They are freaked out and they do not have Obamacare as insurance…LOL

  • bye kido

    To be fair, to right wingers being fearful of just about everything is the natural state of affairs.

  • Guillotine_ready

    Get rid of Obama care and stop pussy footing around

  • Joe Blow

    A good way to be safe can be taken from the signs in the Patriot’s locker room:

    DO YOUR JOB!

    • Anti Everything

      That’s the problem as I see it, Joe,… ‘their’ job is to make the government stronger any way possible and that always means more control over us. So it would appear they are doing their job.

      • Joe Blow

        No, that is their avocation, money and power. Their job is to serve their constituents, the citizens, you and I. With true term and benefit limits and no lobbyists, DC would be a ghost town.

        • Anti Everything

          Regarding their “avocation”: Hobby or minor occupation. I think their job may be to do as you say but that has changed,… it appears, to serving the money. I agree with your “ghost town” thought. Funny.

  • Anti Everything

    I see. Now these idiots know how we feel every time we face a cop, judge, piss off a politician, or interact with ‘their’ establishment every fuckin day. Except they scare much easier then us. Something to keep in mind.