NEWTON – Criticized for not holding actual town halls to answer for the trajectory of government in Washington, D.C. in the era of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) stood by his decision in the name of decorum in the face of political anger and disappointment.
“I do telephone town hall meetings and reach six or seven thousand people and you have civil discussion,” he told InsiderNJ this morning at the Norman Silbert Medical Arts Building. “I think a lot of what we’re seeing here – some of it is spontaneous – a lot of it is orchestrated.”
InsiderNJ asked the veteran Republican congressman about Trump’s contribution to the uncivil tone, with his tweets, with his public comments. Is the President not setting the angry tone?
“We have a very polarized society and we obviously have a lot of people who are unhappy about the election results,” Frelinghuysen said. “They want to reverse it, and this is their way of reversing it. They have a right to free speech, but we need to give this president the opportunity to do his job, both as president and commander in chief.”
But Trump tweeted over the weekend an unsubstantiated charge that former President Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower.
“I think he ought to leave his tweets at home,” Frelinghuysen said of Trump.
The congressman – a veteran of the Vietnam War – was here playing the lead role in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Sussex Veterans’ Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).