Sen. Feinstein booed at town hall for not supporting single-payer
California Senator Dianne Feinstein held a town hall in San Francisco on Monday and lest you think all the angry booing would be reserved for Republicans, the Democratic senator faced down her own share of angry constituents as well. While the crowd was mostly supportive, a few answers throughout the evening rubbed attendees the wrong way and sparked outrage.
Minor chaos at Dianne Feinstein’s SF town hall as protester yells and crowd yells back. This was during the very first question pic.twitter.com/hISFunhZfH
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The crowd held red signs that said “disagree” and green signs that read “agree” throughout the night, probably in an effort to cut down on the exact type of chaos you see in the above video. The thing is, politely holding up a red sign isn’t really as cathartic as yelling “sellout” at an elected official, so it’s not a huge shock that this grade-school tactic of keeping order didn’t work out. The crowd even turned on each other every now and again.
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Feinstein got one of the worst reactions from the crowd when she refused to support single-payer healthcare.
“If single-payer healthcare is going to mean the complete takeover by the government of all healthcare, I am not there,” she told the audience. They didn’t care for that, or her approval of Trump’s decision to launch 59 missiles at a Syrian airbase.
“OK, if you believe you know more about it than I do, you go right ahead,” She said regarding Syria. “If you want me to speak, you’re going to have to let me speak.”
Apparently getting sick of the interruptions, Feinstein also decided to condescend to her own constituents by implying they’re just uninformed children throwing temper tantrums, as opposed to people who are tired of not seeing their representatives get the results they desire.
“You’re pretty good at yelling,” Feinstein said when the crowd didn’t like her answer about what she was doing to combat “fascists” like Steve Bannon. “All of this takes a plan. You’ve got to work something out. You’ve got to have people with you. You can sit here and pound your fists and I can show you what I’ve gotten done, and you can take a look at it, and I’d be surprised if you found too many senators, if any, that have gotten more done.”
It’s always nice to see a politician belittle the people whose votes they need. Speaking of which, a few audience members actually had signs which read “Retire Feinstein,” demanding she not seek reelection in 2018.
After complaints that Monday’s town hall was deliberately set up to minimize attendance, Feinstein did promise to hold another town hall sometime in the summer on a weekend when less people would be at work.