In a political atmosphere opposite 2010 when the Tea Party lambasted Democrats at town halls over the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Leonard Lance (7th District) was met with early hostility as he held his town hall event tonight at Raritan Valley Community College. With hundreds of protesters outside, the crowd filling the room was just as hostile. The mood was set when they saluted the flag, and the crowd put a big brazen exclamation point on, “and justice FOR ALL!!”. Lance responded, meekly, “I agree”, at which the crowd groaned and laughed.
“I want to make sure there is coverage for everybody, including those with expanded Medicaid,” said Lance. People shouted, “That’s Obamacare, then why repeal it!”
The mere mention of President Donald Trump sent the crowd screaming and booing, as did a comment about Lance’s vote against federal funding for abortion.
“I know there are many in this room who disagree with me,” said Lance, as calm in tone as he could be, as he was repeatedly showered with catcalls boos from a relentlessly assaulting audience.
Throughout, Lance attempted to answer questions respectfully. “Let him talk,” one voice grumbled from deep in the audience.
Russia? Lance responded that he has “confidence in our intelligence committees.”
President Trump’s tax returns? “I will do what is in the best national interest,” he said, failing to mollify the crowd.
One audience member, Doctor Robert Yankowitz of Millburn started to speak. “I’m a psychologist,” he said, to huge cheers from the crowd. “I hope I get a clean bill of health,” responded Lance.