Washington Republicans this weekend faced more protests at public events — backlash that appears to be growing against President Trump and the GOP-led Congress for trying to dismantle ObamaCare and against other parts of their agenda.
On Saturday, for the second week in a row, Florida GOP Rep. Gus Bilirakis reportedly faced about a hundred people at a town hall meeting upset about Republican plans to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, without a solid alternative.
The episodes — like those faced by other House Republicans and by recently confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — appear similar to those staged by the Tea Party movement in 2009. Members’ grassroots opposition to the increasing size of government under then-President Obama led to the 2010 wave election in which Republicans seized control of the House.
DeVos, a supporter of vouchers and other alternatives to pubic education, was temporarily blocked Friday when trying to enter a District of Columbia public school.
“Go home,” shouted a man holding a “Black Lives Matters” sign. “Shame, shame, shame.”
The concerns raised Saturday in Bilirakis’ conservative Gulf Coast district were similar to those Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz faced a day earlier.
Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight committee, was met