Hundreds of protesters descended on a town hall meeting hosted by Republican Congressman Tom McClintock on Saturday, peppering him with questions and putting him on notice that they didn't want him falling in line with the Trump administration.
Holding signs reading, "Resist," “No Muslim Ban, No War in Iran,” “Protect Social Security,” and "Do Your Job! Represent Us All!", the demonstrators turned up early at the event in Roseville, a conservative suburb north of Sacramento. A line snaked around the building where the town hall was held as people waited to get in — and hundreds did not once the venue filled up.
"I think we're on the wrong side of history right now," said Janine Allwright, who lives in McClintock's district. She came to the meeting with her 9-year-old daughter and said she's passionate about protecting refugees. "We're making decisions that will affect us for decades to come and I think it's wrong."
People upset over the election of Trump have repeatedly taken to the streets over issues like his immigration ban and flooded the U.S. Capitol with phone calls. With this protest at a Congressional town hall meeting, voters appear to be saying they won't limit their demonstrations to targeting leaders at the highest level of government.
The mood in the town hall was tense throughout the hour-long session. McClintock, who won re-election with 63 percent of the vote, was inundated with questions ranging his from support for a border wall to whether he would help impeach the new president (54 percent of the district voted for Trump).