Senator Jeff Flake faces jeering crowd at Thursday town hall meeting

Posted at 5:04 AM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 13:40:31-04

Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., held a community town hall meeting Thursday night in Mesa and received some backlash from the crowd.

Attendees asked questions about health care, the border, Planned Parenthood and many other controversial issues.

Despite posting rules about behaviors banned from the meeting, the crowd used red and green papers to voice their support and disappointment with Flake's responses and statements. He was also booed on several occasions, mainly while addressing health care spending and President Trump’s travel spending.

Constituents repeatedly faulted Flake for his position on defunding Planned Parenthood, reforming the Affordable Care Act, and voting for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The crowed jeered and screamed at the senator after nearly every answer he gave.

The town hall was scheduled to run until 8:30 p.m. but continued after 9 p.m. 

House and Senate Republicans across the country have faced critical crowds during town hall meetings while home on congressional recesses. Some GOP lawmakers have refrained from holding them.